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McDonald to challenge government decision not to distribute Lisbon Treaty

13 February, 2008

Sinn Féin Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald will challenge Minister of State for Europe Dick Roche at todays European Affairs Oireachtas Committee meeting for his decision not to distribute the Lisbon Treaty to households prior to the referendum.

Speaking ahead of today's Oireachtas meeting Ms McDonald said:

"Ironically government will today launch their own 'Guide' to the Lisbon Treaty but are shamefully refusing to distribute a consolidated version of the Treaty to households across the state. Currently if you are lucky enough to get your hands on a copy of the Treaty it will cost you €42. For this hefty sum you simply get a copy of the Treaty which is in fact amendments to two existing Treaties, which in reality makes the purchase redundant. No consolidated version is to be produced, let alone distributed to households.

"The Lisbon Treaty will be the last institutional reform of the European Union for some time. It is proposing fundamental changes to how the EU community does business with itself and the wider world. Considering this it is hard to fathom the rational of the government's decision not to distribute the Treaty to households across the state. Such a decision begs the question, what have they to hide?" CRÍOCH

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