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MacLochlainn appointed Sinn Féin Director of Lisbon Treaty Referendum Campaign

5 February, 2008


Donegal Sinn Féin Councillor Padraig MacLochlainn has been appointed as the party's Director of the Lisbon Treaty referendum campaign. Speaking at a press conference in Dublin this morning Councillor MacLochlainn said 'Sinn Féin would be mounting a major campaign against the Lisbon Treaty and was calling on people from across the political divide to get involved.' He said 'This week Sinn Féin members across the country will be going door to door to distribute more than half a million newsletters setting out our case against the Lisbon Treaty and why Ireland deserves better.'

Councillor MacLochlainn said:

"Sinn Féin intends to fight a vigorous campaign against the Lisbon Treaty. We believe that it is a bad deal for Ireland and that many hundreds of thousands of people right across the island share our concerns at its implications into the future.

"This week Sinn Féin members across the country will be going door to door to distribute more than half a million newsletters setting out our case against the Lisbon Treaty and why Ireland deserves better. This will be followed up by a series of regional meetings beginning in Dublin on February 15th. We will be encouraging as many people as possible to join the campaign against the Lisbon Treaty. It is our belief that people from across all of the political parties, despite the stated view of their leaderships, will be part of this broad campaign.

"Our message in this campaign is very clear -- the Lisbon Treaty is a bad deal for Ireland. EU leaders should be sent back to the drawing board and the Irish government should properly represent the people of the country. If the Treaty is defeated:

· It will force our political leaders to return to the negotiating table and secure a better deal the next time round

· It will create the opportunity for greater democracy in the EU

· It will allow the government to secure a specific article protecting neutrality

· It will create the opportunity for new provisions promoting and protecting public services

· It will allow the government to secure opt outs from EURATOM, the European Defence Agency, and others contributions to EU military expenditure

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