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Kenny accused of 'misleading spin'

The Taoiseach and Tanaiste have been accused of misleading the public with their claims that the European fiscal treaty will not be changed.

Businessman Declan Ganley, who is campaigning for a No vote in the referendum on the deal, said a date had been set for European leaders to discuss the legal methods of amending the text in June.

He said Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore had intentionally lied to the country with their claims that the deal would remain untouched. Either that or their European counterparts had deliberately kept them in the dark, he claimed.

"There are members of the media in Brussels who said all of the EU leaders were told that the legal method of changing the treaty, the pact would not be discussed until June 28," said Mr Ganley.

"So presumably, they will discuss the legal methods to change the treaty on June 28. This is what was discussed yesterday, which is entirely different from the misleading spin that the Government is trying to put on this to suggest that the deal on the existing treaty won't change."

The Libertas founder said Mr Kenny did not seem to know what was going on in Europe. He added that it was alarming that other EU leaders were aware of plans to change the treaty.

"Maybe they didn't tell him," Mr Ganley went on.

The entrepreneur, who led Ireland in its revolt against the Lisbon Treaty in 2008, also criticised Mr Kenny for refusing another live TV debate on the treaty with Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. He said the Taoiseach was cowering away, seemingly because he could not keep up with fast-moving events in Europe.

Mr Kenny claimed immediately after an informal European summit in Brussels on Wednesday night that it was agreed no changes would be made to the fiscal treaty and that any potential growth plans would be separate.

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore echoed his claims Thursday morning, saying "absolutely categorically" there would be no change to the deal the Irish people had been asked to vote on on May 31.

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