In a statement to the Dáil on the EU/IMF financial arrangements, Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan TD has said that on the advice of the Attorney General, it does not require the approval of the Dáil.
Lenihan also told the Dáil that reaction to the "external assistance programme" was "hysterical and contradictory".The question has been raised as to whether this support programme has the status of an international agreement. I am advised by the Attorney General that the Programme, and these supporting documents do not represent international agreements and do not require the approval of the Dáil. I am presenting the documents to the Dáil, for information and to inform discussion of the programme.
Brian Lenihan TD, Minister for Finance