Last Friday 4th of May, I welcomed the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore to Ballymun and Finglas as part of the Stability Treaty referendum campaign.
The visit, which was the Tánaiste's first visit to a constituency as part of the campaign, included discussions with local students, business people and residents on the importance of a Yes vote for the country.
The first part of the visit was to my old school Trinity Comprehensive, Ballymun to speak to staff and students about the importance of a Yes vote for Ireland's future.
The Tánaiste also praised the high standard of the questions from the students and the engagement they showed in linking the Treaty to their own lives and situations as students.
Next up was a visit to Nightline Courier Services, a local business based on the Jamestown Road which employs over 500 people nationally.
The Tánaiste and I met with staff and toured the facility with the business owners. Nightline recently celebrated its 20th anniversary as a company and is the largest Irish-owned courier service, delivering both nationally and internationally. Nightline CEO John Tuohy commented that ‘a Yes vote is a vote for business and investor confidence'. He also wished the Tánaiste and I well in our campaign in the coming weeks.
The final call was a canvass in Poppintree, Ballymum where the Tánaiste engaged with local residents about the importance of a Yes vote for the euro in their pockets.
The Tánaiste talked to people on the doors about why this Treaty matters to their lives. ‘The Euro is our currency and we need a stable euro for economic growth.
A Yes vote also gives us an insurance policy where we could access emergency funds should we ever need them. Only a Yes vote gives us this certainty, a no vote is a step in the dark.'
It was an honour to welcome the Tánaiste to the constituency to start off his campaign for a Yes vote. We received a great reception and it was a very encouraging start to my campaign to secure a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum on Thursday May 31st.
If you would like more information on the Stability Treaty Referendum you can visit www.stabilitytreaty.ie
You can also call me on 01 618 3280 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any specific questions on the importance of the Treaty. You can see more images of the Tánaiste's visit to Dublin North West and other campaign images here.