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Sinn Fein Says EU Fiscal Pact Requires Irish Constitutional Vote

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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