North Tipperary County Council passes Motion to reject the Fiscal Treaty

A statement issued by Cllr. Séamie Morris today tells how North Tipperary County Council passed a motion calling on the council to” express its opposition to the fiscal compact treaty because it makes permanent cutbacks in public spending and removes the option of stimulating the economy to promote growth” 

North Tipperary County council today passed a motion brought in by Cllr. Séamie Morris which called on the council to” express its opposition to the fiscal compact treaty because it makes permanent cutbacks in public spending and removes the option of stimulating the economy to promote growth” The motion was supported by Cllr Billy Clancy and despite a number of councils speaking against the motion they had no counter motion leaving the motion unopposed. The meeting was told in an earlier debate that because of falling collection of rates there was a real possibility of an extra budget to address the loss of council earnings. There was general agreement that businesses were under severe pressure due to lack of money in the system but when I addressed the council that 24 billion was taken out of the economy since 2008 in budgetary cuts and 200 billion of Banking Speculators and Bondholders debts were socialised and put onto the national debt, councillors  incredibly still spoke of the need of doing what the E C B told us to do by voting yes to the Treaty which legitimised the Austerity programme of the E C B . I have to wonder do my fellow councillors grasp the reality of the despair of our businesses who are hanging on by their fingernails or do they live in some imaginary bubble. Eventually the motion passed without a counter motion.

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