Kenny firm on referendum date


The May 31st date for the fiscal treaty referendum will not be changed even though the German parliament has decided to defer its ratification of the treaty, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.

Mr Kenny said he was eager to see the treaty promptly ratified as it was important Ireland sent out a clear message about its position in the EU.

Independent MEP Marian Harkin today called for the referendum to be put back following the decision of the German Bundestag to hold off on ratifying the treaty while discussions on an EU growth initiative proceed. 

German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president-elect Francois Hollande were yesterday said to be on their way to agreeing the main elements of a growth strategy. A consensus on the issue between France and Germany would pave the way for a positive outcome to the EU summit on growth on May 23rd.

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