MINISTER FOR Finance Michael Noonan has rejected claims that he is trying to scare the electorate into voting Yes to the fiscal treaty, saying the Irish people are entitled to know the truth. He said his comment that next year’s budget would be more difficult if the treaty is rejected was a “considered statement”.

Speaking in Brussels yesterday Mr Noonan said some appeared to believe that you couldn’t have a frank debate because it upset Sinn Féin.

“Now Sinn Féin might be afraid of the truth on a number of issues but the Irish people aren’t afraid of the truth,” he said.

That’s right. We’re not afraid.

A No vote would oblige him to reduce his forecast for economic growth for next year, he added.

Aaaaagh!

Noonan Denies He Is Trying To Scare Voters (Arthur Beesley and Stephen Collins, Irish Times)

Also: Noonan Says Multinationals Will Leave If Ireland Votes No (Sarah Collins, Irish Independent)

(Photocall Ireland)

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