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Lisbon Debate must be based on transparency and truth

12 May, 2008


Sinn Féin Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald has this afternoon voiced her deep concern that two senior government Ministers appear unaware of key facts relating to the Lisbon Treaty, both of which have serious implications for Irish business and farming and EU militarisation.

The Dublin MEP said:


”During two RTE radio debates this morning senior government Ministers appeared unaware of key information relating to the implications of the Lisbon Treaty for Ireland.  Former Enterprise Minister Micheal Martin denied Irelandis losing the veto over the outcome of international trade agreements.  Defence Minister Willie O’Dea appeared unaware that Ireland will be unable to stop other EU states coming together in mini military alliances and operating in the name of the EU.

”I find it unbelievable that a former Minister for Enterprise would be unaware of something that is so critically important to Irish business and farming. The fact is that Irelandwill lose its veto on trade agreements under article 188.

“During Fianna Fáil’s Lisbon Treaty campaign launch today Taoiseach Cowan charged the No campaign with seeking to confuse the electorate rather than persuade them on the issues. This is a little hard to swallow from a government leader whose own Ministers do not appear to have a grasp on key elements and implications of the Treaty for the Irish people.

 

“Sinn Féin is ambitious for Europe and believes Ireland’s place is in the EU. That place is secure and uncontested. To suggest otherwise is a clumsy attempt by the Yes Campaign to distract from the actual content of this Treaty and what it means for Ireland, Europe and the wider world.

 

“I believe in a democratic social Europe that supports the needs of member state citizens. This Treaty undermines democracy, erodes workers rights and public services, deepens EU militarism and will not deliver for the economy. Ireland and EU deserve better. This Treaty can be renegotiated. We need to get it right.” CRÍOCH

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