SF criticises Honohan treaty call

Sinn Féin has criticised comments by the Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan callling for a 'yes' vote in the EU Fiscal Treaty referendum.

Sinn Féin has criticised comments by the Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan calling for a 'yes' vote in the EU Fiscal Treaty referendum.

In a speech last night the Governor also suggested banks should not shy away from repossessing buy-to-let properties held by delinquent borrowers.

He said financial institutions have been too slow to deal with the growing problem of mortgage arrears.

Mr Honohan's comments on the Treaty have been criticised by Sinn Féin who say that as a public servant paid by the taxpayer its completely inappropriate for him to use his role to endorse it.

Sinn Féin's Padraig MacLochlainn said the Central Bank Governor overstepped the mark.

"I think that it is a remarkable intervention from a man who is… paid by the taxpayer," the Donegal North East TD said.

"I think that the Government should make their decision and opinion clear on this matter.

"I presume it is unprecedented - and you have to ask the question why he felt it was necessary to do so."

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