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Sinn Fein Says EU Fiscal Pact Requires Irish Constitutional Vote

January 23, 2012

Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Gerry Adams, president of Irish opposition party Sinn Fein, has received legal advice that the government is constitutionally obliged to hold a vote on a proposed European fiscal pact.

Based on the text of an initial draft, Sinn Fein was advised “that there’s a constitutional imperative for the government to go to a referendum,” Adams said in an interview aired by Dublin-based RTE Radio today. “What we have to see is the final draft. We will take legal advice but we’ll oppose this treaty.”

Adams, 63, elected a member of parliament in the Republic of Ireland for the first time last year, said he hadn’t considered a retirement date.

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