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Left-wing MEPs to campaign in Ireland against Fiscal Treaty

The representatives from Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Portugal will join the No campaign next week.

Paul Murphy with Socialist Party colleague Joe Higgins at a press conference today
Paul Murphy with Socialist Party colleague Joe Higgins at a press conference today
Image: Photocall Ireland

A GROUP OF left-wing MEPs from around Europe will visit Ireland next week to campaign for a No vote in this month’s Fiscal Treaty referendum.

Four MEPs from Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Portugal will join with Irish members of the ULA-backed Campaign Against The Austerity Treaty to urge voters to reject the fiscal compact.

The group are a delegation from the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) grouping in the European Parliament, of which Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy is a member.

The GUE/NGL group describes itself as opposing the “radically market-oriented logic of competition” within EU policies, and “fighting for more and better jobs and for education opportunities.”

They are due to arrive in Ireland on Wednesday and stay until Friday. The group will meet with TDs, trade unionists and community organisations opposing the Treaty, it said in a statement.

The five MEPs are: Søren Søndergaard from Denmark, Sabine Wils from Germany, João Ferreira from Portugal, and Mikael Gustafsson from Sweden.

Murphy and his Socialist Party colleague Joe Higgins today launched the AusterityTreaty.ie website to oppose the Government’s official referendum information site.

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