Lisbon Treaty Statement

Neville thanks everyone across Limerick who voted Yes to the Stability Treaty

Dan Neville, Fine Gael TD, has thanked everyone across Limerick who voted Yes in the Stability Treaty Referendum.

“Today’s result is a very positive step for Ireland as we focus on keeping our economy on a sustainable track to recovery. I am glad the public responded positively to a hard fought campaign over the last five weeks.

“By giving a strong endorsement to the Stability Treaty, we have put a crucial part of the jigsaw in place as we rebuild a working Ireland. Today’s result will help bring about the certainty needed for recovery and growth.

“The Yes vote is a very positive move for Ireland on a number of fronts. We are sending out a strong message to international investors that Ireland is a great place in which to invest and create jobs. There have been thousands of jobs created by foreign companies here since the beginning of the year. I believe today’s result will help us maintain this stream of investment.

“Today’s positive result also ensures we have access to Europe’s new emergency fund, the ESM, should we need it. This gives us security about how we will fund ourselves as a country, and how we will pay our doctors, teachers and nurses in the years ahead.

“Finally, today’s result will also ensure that future governments – no matter who is in power – will adhere to sensible budget rules. I strongly believe this is in our best interests as a country. As we gradually reduce our debt levels over the next two decades, we will have more money to spend on public services, like schools and hospitals.

“We haven’t solved all of our problems by voting Yes today – there is a lot of hard work ahead – but we have taken a very positive step forward as we rebuild a working Ireland.”