I was walking up Grafton Street today and I think I met a Senator. Or a house of parliament dude. He was well spoken, had a crisp navy suit, and wanted to hand me a YES flyer. "Please vote YES!" he urged. I think I've seen him on TV or the news or something. He was confused why I didn't take his flyer, but then gave a wise sounding, "Ah ha" when I explained "I'm not from here" in my totally American accent.
There is a pretty good web site for the Stability Treaty.
They have a snazzy video with iconic graphics on the front page, to help
educate people what this thing is all about. I have transcribed the
video below and offered my insightful comments for your reading
It brings in stronger rules to ensure that countries keep their debts under control and balance their budgets.
A stable euro is important for economic growth, that means investment and jobs.
If we really needed it we could get financial assistance from the new permanent rescue fund, the European stability mechanism. Its only available to countries which ratify the treaty.
Much of what is in the treaty is already in the existing EU treaties and laws.
Oireachtas will continue to play the same role in setting taxes and deciding how to spend our tax money.
You are being asked to vote on the 31st of may on whether Ireland should ratify the treaty. Your decision is a very important one for Ireland.