Breen calls on Clare Voters to back the Stability Treaty

May 31st, 2012 - Pat Breen

Speaking at a Public Meeting in Kilrush on Friday night last, Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs & Trade Pat Breen T.D. called on the people of County Clare to back the EU Stability Treaty. Deputy Breen said that “A strong yes vote will send out a strong message to the International Community that Ireland is a politically stable Country, that we remain a good Country in which to do business in; that we are a strong member of the Eurozone and that we continue to have access to a market of 500 million people in the European Union.”

“I strongly believe that a Yes vote to the Stability Treaty is vitally important if this Region is to continue to attract inward investment. Over the past 12 months, this Government has worked hard to repair International Confidence in Ireland and inward investment has started to flow back into the Country and this Region is ideally located to benefit from further international investment opportunities.”

“The decision to restore autonomy to this Region for the future of Shannon Airport together with the recent acquisition of Air Atlanta by Russia’s second biggest Airline point to the very bright future which Shannon Airport can have as a Centre for Aviation related businesses. Work is also underway to further strengthen bilateral economic and tourism ties with China following on from the very successful visit of the Chinese Vice President Xi Jingping to County Clare. If we want to continue to drive this progress, we need to ensure we remain at the core of a strong and stable economy.”

“Agriculture is the good news story of the Irish economy at the moment, with bumper exports and major opportunities emerging in China and other markets. Last year agri-food and drink exports increased by 12% to nearly €9 billion. Irish Food and drink companies and producers are exporting to 170 countries worldwide. Thanks to EU membership we have free access to half a billion consumers across Europe. Many other opportunities lie further afield; we saw from Minister Simon Coveney’s recent trip to China that there is a huge appetite for the world class product on offer in Ireland.”

“Another serious consideration for the Irish food industry is the on-going CAP negotiation process. Ireland is likely to be hosting the Presidency of the EU during the final stages of the discussions. We have always punched well above our weight in EU agriculture negotiations because of our ability to build alliances and win friends for our cause. As a small country with a very significant interest in the outcome of the CAP, now is the time to ensure we maintain our goodwill and influence as a strong and vocal member state during the negotiating process. This will help us deliver the best possible outcome for Clare farmers.”

“A Yes Vote on Thursday is important for County Clare; it will cement growing International Confidence, it is critical for the future of Shannon Airport; for Clare farmers and is another essential step in rebuilding Ireland’s Economy.”