Government don't want to debate facts on Lisbon Treaty
Sinn Féin Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald has accused Dick Roche of talking nonsense. She said 'the lack of information available to the electorate only months out from a referendum is a disgrace.' She said it is clear that the government have no interest in debating the facts.
Ms. McDonald said, "Dick Roche said that the government aims to ensure that before polling day people will have more factual information than in any other referenda. Given the government's reticence in setting the date he clearly is not interested in information becoming available too far in advance of polling day.
"Last week I contacted Government Publications to get a copy of the Lisbon Treaty for a constituent. They had no copy of the Lisbon Treaty, no consolidated text and no copy of the Treaties on which the Lisbon Treaty is based. Sinn Féin has published an alternative guide to the Lisbon Treaty. Our members are currently distributing 500,000 newsletters across the country. We have organised seven regional public meetings. And it is clear that the government has no interest in debating the facts.
"There is a need for a proper, mature debate. We need to discuss the facts. We need to discuss the implications of the Lisbon Treaty for Ireland. And the first step in broadening out the debate is for the government to set the date. The sooner this happens the better." ENDS