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Sinn Féin tell government - Stop Stalling & Set a Date for the Lisbon Treaty Referendum

28 January, 2008

Sinn Féin Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald has this morning demanded that government stop stalling and set a date for the Lisbon Treaty referendum on its return to the Dáil this week.


The Dublin MEP said:


“The weekend’s polls have indicated an increase, again, in Don’t Knows when voters were asked how they intend voting on the Lisbon Treaty.  This trend is not in anyone’s interest.   


“Government must stop stalling and set a date for the referendum on it return to the Dáil this week so that the campaign in full can begin.


“Despite the fact that all but 10 articles of the 250 or Articles of the new Lisbon Treaty are the same as its maligned predecessor, the EU Constitution, the Irish people to date have been denied a robust, mature informed debate from the Yes Campaign. Government has been the worst offender.  


“We may be the only state in Europe to vote on the Lisbon Treaty. This puts an enormous responsibility on both Campaigns’ shoulders to ensure that before the referendum people fully understand the content and implications of the Treaty.


"Sinn Féin wants Irish society to have a mature, honest and robust debate in advance of the referendum.


“We want to debate the issues within the Treaty and what they mean for Ireland, the EU and wider world. It is government’s responsibility to take Sinn Féin’s lead.  Bertie Ahern needs to stop stalling, announce the referendum date and let the campaign begin.” CRÍOCH


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