Politics in Focus: Pringle's gambit is a gamble

Independent Donegal TD Thomas Pringle is taking his fight against ratification of the ESM treaty to the High Court - and failure could cost him dear, writes Niamh Connolly.

5th May, 2012
Thomas Pringle: 'I'm gritting my teeth and hoping for the best'. Photo: Tony O'Shea

Independent TD Thomas Pringle admits that his main claim to fame is unseating sitting TD and Tánaiste Mary Coughlan in last year's general election.

But the Donegal South West TD will be a household name if his court action forces the government to hold a second referendum, on the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) treaty.

Pringle has assembled a legal team in his High Court bid to stop the government from ratifying the ESM...

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