Longford/Westmeath Fine Gael Deputy James Bannon is asking the people of Longford-Westmeath to vote ‘Yes’ to the European Stability Treaty on 31 May 2012 in order to drive the recovery of our agricultural, business, tourism sectors and promote inward investment and the overall economic growth of Co Longford.
This referendum poses one of the most important questions ever put to the people of Longford. It is up to us to answer clearly and unanimously with a YES vote, for the sake of our future stability. Having bargaining power is the secret of success. Endorsing this Treaty is the way to achieve Ireland’s strength in Europe and on the global stage, which in turn will impact of the economic recovery of Co Longford.
The referendum gives us the opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to membership of the Euro, which remains the fundamental pillar of our economic and jobs strategy and will be crucial reassurance for current and potential investors in Co Longford. I have continually stressed the importance of job creation in the revitalisation of our potential development in Co Longford. We have highly educated and skilled workers. Inward investment is the key to securing employment opportunities for our Longford labour force, to drive our growth.
Agriculture is the good news story of the Irish economy at the moment, with bumper exports and major opportunities emerging in China and other markets. It is in the interest of the agri-food sector to vote ‘yes’ and secure growth for Longford farmers. The Treaty will drive the recovery of agriculture but also the business and tourism sectors, and assist the small and medium sized business, that are the backbone of our Longford economy. A key element of our economic recovery will be the continuation and expansion of foreign direct investment into the Midlands.
A yes vote is a vote for a safer and more secure future for Co Longford. It is essential for the provision of public services, including pensions, social welfare, education, and health services. By passing this Treaty, we will ensure that we will never again see our children’s futures mortgaged for the benefit of electoral politics.
We cannot grow without stability. This is the message that we must consider when we cast our votes in the referendum. We have the power of our democratic vote – we must use it for the good of Co Longford.