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No place for Le Pen in Ireland's EU Reform Treaty Campaign - McDonald

25 October, 2007

Sinn Féin Dublin MEP and National Chairperson Mary Lou McDonald has strongly rejected far right French National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen’s offer to come to Ireland to support the No Vote on the forthcoming EU Reform Treaty Campaign.


The Dublin MEP said:


“Let there be no confusion on this issue. Sinn Féin is resolute that the politics of Le Pen, the National Front and the far right alliances of the European parliament should have no place in the Irish No Campaign.


“Sinn Féin will encourage and engage in a robust and mature debate during the campaign but we will not align ourselves with the politics and policies of the far right.


“Le Pen and his ilk will only serve to damage the Vote No campaign by tainting it with their racist and inequitable agenda. The left in Ireland’s vision for Europe is a world apart from what Le Pen and his people advocate. We want nothing to do with him or his political groupings.” CRÍOCH

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