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Lisbon will not solve Ireland's economic problems - McDonald

4 October, 2009


Speaking from Dublin this morning Sinn Féin Vice President Mary Lou McDonald said the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty will not solve Ireland's economic problems.  She said Sinn Féin accepts the decision of the electorate to ratify the Lisbon Treaty but said those campaigners who promised jobs on the back of Lisbon must now deliver.

Ms McDonald said:

"Sinn Féin fully accepts the decision of the electorate to ratify the Lisbon Treaty.  However, the ratification of the treaty will not solve Ireland's economic problems and there is an onus on those who promised jobs on the back of Lisbon to now deliver for communities and the unemployed.

"There can be no doubt that the referendum result, aided and abetted by both Fine Gael and Labour, has breathed a new lease of life into this discredited Government.  They will now attempt to force through their deeply unpopular and economically flawed policies such as NAMA and the report from An Bord Snip with all its cutbacks.

"Sinn Féin will continue to campaign for and give voice to those communities and people who never benefited from the Celtic Tiger and are most affected by the economic recession.  We will also continue to campaign on behalf of the more than half a million people who voted against the Lisbon Treaty." ENDS

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