Louth Fine Gael TD Peter Fitzpatrick welcomed Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food, Simon Coveney, to a public meeting in Dundalk about the Fiscal Treaty on Wednesday, May 23rd
Pictured is Mr Fitzpatrick greeting the Minister at the Dundalk meeting. Minister Coveney’s visit to town came days after Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton suggested a second vote was possible if the treaty is rejected.
A Government spokesperson later insisted that there would be no second vote, despite the comments. The Fiscal Treaty referendum is due to take place on Thursday, May 31.
Mr Fitzpatrick, who chaired the meeting, encouraged those present to engage in the debate and have their questions answered about what is contained in the Treaty by the Minister.
“The question being asked of you next Thursday has the potential to have severe and lasting consequences for Ireland for many years to come,” he said.
Attendees heard contributions from Andrew Griffith, Chairman of the board of the DKIT; Paddy Malone, Chairman of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce; Roisin Duffy, Tax Director with UHY Farrelly Dawe White; Minister of State, Fergus O’Dowd; and Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food, and Fine Gael’s Director of Elections for the referendum, Simon Coveney.
Following contributions from the panel, there were questions from the floor. The Referendum Commission has launched a website - www.referendum2012.ie - with additional information.