Macra na Feirme, the rural youth and young farmers organisation, is calling for a yes vote in the forthcoming referendum on the fiscal stability treaty.
At its national council meeting on Saturday, March 24, the organisation adopted the position in the national interest. Macra has taken the view that rules to strengthen the adherence to balanced budgets are positive and necessary, and are designed to avoid the mistakes of the past. Rural young people want to be full and active participants in the European Union.
Alan Jagoe, National President of Macra, said, “Ireland’s rural young people want a better future and this can only come about if the Governments of the day are prudent with the national finances while preparing the way to allow enterprise to grow. This requires vigilance to ensure that our economy is competitive and therefore an attractive place to do business. Ireland’s young people depend upon this happening sooner rather than later. Our future depends upon having a strong and active position within the European Union.
“Macra’s call for a yes vote in the referendum should not be construed as a blind endorsement of the Government’s performance to date. Macra expects the highest standards of ethics and fairness to be seen in force with this Government. Issues such as the ongoing payment of un-vouched for expenses, pay rates above agreed limits and the unpalatable pill of paying speculators in full on unsecured bonds in a failed bank have already undermined young peoples’ faith in this government. I am calling on the Government to uphold the standards that they so strongly endorsed while in opposition.”