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McDonald appeals to electorate to come out and reject the Lisbon Treaty

1 October, 2009


Speaking on the eve of poll Sinn Féin Vice President Mary Lou McDonald called on the electorate to come out and reject the Lisbon Treaty as decisively as they did in 2008. She said, “this is a bad treaty negotiated by an incompetent government and if it goes through it will seriously undermine Ireland’s position within the EU.”

Ms. McDonald said:

“This is a bad treaty negotiated by an incompetent government and if it goes through it will seriously undermine Ireland’s position within the EU. A yes vote will mean the loss of our automatic right to a commissioner, a massive reduction in our voting strength on the Council of Ministers and the handing away of our right to a referendum. If we hand this power away tomorrow we won’t get it back.

“It is important that people come out and vote and not to give in to the scare tactics of the yes campaign. Because the simple fact is - this is a bad deal for Ireland – it is bad for the economy, bad for workers’ rights, bad for farmers, bad for neutrality. I am calling on people to come out tomorrow and reject the Lisbon Treaty as decisively as they did in 2008. A no vote is a demand for change in Ireland and Europe.” ENDS

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