MEMBERS of the Celbridge No campaign in the forthcoming referendum have expressed disappointment there was nobody to argue for the Yes side at a meeting in the Kildrought Lounge, on Thursday last, 24 May.
The energetic Fianna Fail Cllr. Frank O’Rourke looked set initially to brave the elements and argue for the Treaty “Yes” but was unable to make it.
Celbridge native, Brendan Young, who chaired the meeting, attended by around 40 people, said they had asked Fine Gael and Labour councillors to come and debate initially against Fingal County Councillor, Matt Waine.
Cllr. Senan Griffin told Mr. Young he would be away and other councillors said their TD’s were the people to contact.
Mr. Young said he did not hear from Deputy Durkan.
Deputy Emmet Stagg wrote a letter thanking him for the invitation but declined. “The Labour Party has organised its own vigourous campaign on the Stability Treaty Referendum and don’t propose to get involved in your campaign which I am sure will be run on a fair and honest basis.
“Labour will compete with you in the campaign,” he wrote.
It was left to Socialist councillor Waine to speak.
He described the treaty as “dismantling of civilization.”
In Greece, where austerity was in force, the Orthodox Church was feeding 250,000 hungry people a day and in Ireland, the Capuchins in Dublin were now feeding 1,000.
He said the minimum wage in Greece was €400 a month and the middle classes are destroyed.
The Treaty is not about access to funding, he argued, and unemployment everywhere had risen since the Lisbon Treaty.