Sinn Féin leader, Gerry Adams, recently visited Leitrim and Roscommon for a series of meetings with community and voluntary groups.
His focus was the impact of the government’s austerity policies and the likely effect of the Fiscal Treaty on rural Ireland.
During his visit to Carrick on Shannon, Mr Adams spoke at a meeting at the town’s Landmark Hotel. He accused Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil of “running a negative referendum campaign which is about confusing and scaring citizens. At the same time the Yes camp is planning to hand Irish fiscal sovereignty over to European bureaucrats while imposing a further €6 billion in austerity cuts and taxes beyond the current Troika bailout cuts of €8.6 billion.”
He added: “Travelling through Leitrim and Roscommon I met embattled community activists struggling to maintain local services for our elderly, young and disabled whose budgets have been repeatedly cut. A No vote is also a clear rejection of a Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil agreement to hand over fiscal sovereignty to unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats in the EU.”