The Government is to put the revised European Union fiscal compact treaty to a referendum, the Taoiseach told the DÃƒÂ¡il this afternoon.
Scheduled DÃƒÂ¡il business was interrupted for the statement.
Enda Kenny told the House that the Attorney General’s advice at this morning’s Cabinet meeting was that “on balance” a referendum was required to ratify it.
The Taoiseach said that he intended to sign the treaty at the weekend with all the heads of the EU in Brussels.
In the coming weeks, he said the Government would finalise the arrangements and the process leading to the referendum, leading to the establishment of a referendum commission.
“I am very confident that when the importance and merit are communicated to the Irish people that they will endorse it emphatically by voting yes to continuing economic stability and recovery,Ã¢â‚¬Â the Taoiseach said.
“In the end what this will come down to is a vote for economic growth and stability,” TÃƒÂ¡naiste Eamon Gilmore said. “We now have an operation to go beyond the casino capitalism.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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