DUBLIN (AP) — Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has made a nationally televised appeal to voters to support the European Union's fiscal treaty in a referendum this week.
Kenny says a strong "yes" vote in Thursday's referendum would send the message worldwide that Ireland was committed to slashing its deficits and would remain firmly a part of the euro common currency.
"A strong 'yes' vote will create the certainty and stability that our country needs to continue on the road to economic recovery. This treaty will not solve all of our problems, but it is one part of the solution," Kenny said in his 4-minute TV address Sunday night to his nation of 4.5 million.
Ireland is the only nation among 25 signatories putting the deficit-fighting treaty to a national vote.