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Ireland and the Eurozone: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members]

Vote from 22/05/2013

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The following motion was moved by Deputy Thomas Pringle on Tuesday, 21 May 2013:
That Dáil Éireann:
notes statements by leading EU politicians and policy makers that the crisis of the Eurozone provides an opportunity to push ahead towards a fiscal/political union;
further notes that:

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The following motion was moved by Deputy Thomas Pringle on Tuesday, 21 May 2013:
That Dáil Éireann:
notes statements by leading EU politicians and policy makers that the crisis of the Eurozone provides an opportunity to push ahead towards a fiscal/political union;
further notes that:
— EU law making from 2014 will be put on a straight population basis;
— the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, has announced that the unelected EU Commission will set out a range of fundamental EU treaty changes by early next year;
— the Eurozone has developed a hegemonic economic model;
— the plans for enforcing balanced budgets and draconian fiscal rules on the 17 Eurozone countries do nothing to address the sovereign debt and bank solvency crisis;
and
— increasingly the EU is losing legitimacy and authority among ordinary citizens in EU states;

recognizes that:
— there has been no proper discussion of the fundamental flaws in the Eurozone from an Irish perspective;
— the Eurozone exchange rate is generally unsuitable for Ireland’s unique pattern of export and import trade both inside and outside the Eurozone; and
— the Eurozone put us under the control of the European Central Bank; and as a consequence the Government has no economic policy beyond ‘preserving the Euro’;
and
calls on the Government to:
— initiate a wide ranging public debate through civil society on the future direction of the European Union; and — ensure that treaty change includes a process to allow a Eurozone member state to voluntarily leave the Eurozone.

Debate resumed on amendment No. 3:
To delete all words after “Dáil Éireann” and substitute the following:
“recognises the achievements of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union contributing to stability, jobs and growth;
supports the Government’s ongoing work to promote measures which will allow the European Union to respond effectively to the crisis currently facing the Union, particularly those steps which will help break the vicious circle between banks and sovereigns;
underlines the importance of measures being prioritised by the Government to foster jobs and competitiveness; and
emphasises the importance of deepening public engagement with the EU and the need to ensure that democratic legitimacy and accountability remain fundamental pillars of the Union.”.
- (Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade).

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