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Sinn Féin to intensify its No to Lisbon Campaign

19 May, 2008

Sinn Féin’s No to Lisbon Campaign Director Councillor Pádraig MacLochlainn told media today that Sinn Féin will be intensifying its campaign against the Lisbon Treaty throughout the state over the coming weeks.


Speaking at Sinn Féin’s No to Lisbon campaign launch, Cllr. MacLochlainn said:


“Sinn Féin will be intensifying its campaign throughout the state over the coming weeks.  Campaign directorates have been set up in very county and activists are robustly campaigning for a No Vote door to door, at shopping centres, local markets and a variety of public events.


“Sinn Féin No to Lisbon posters are up and the party’s Councillors, TDs, MEPs and Senator are out canvassing throughout the country.  We have already delivered 500,000 leaflets giving the electorate 10 solid reasons why they should vote against this Treaty.


“We have produced a number of specific leaflets targeted at sectors such as small businesses, workers rights and rural Ireland setting out the politics of our No campaign.  Our elected representatives have been meeting with various interest groups such as trade unions, farming orgainsations, the groups working in the developing world and business groups.


“The party will also be hosting a number of regional and national media events and photo opportunities.


“We will also be launching our no2lisbon website and will have regular updates to our You Tube and Bebo sites on the campaign as it unfolds. We will also be launching a Blog which will have regular updates from the campaign trail.


“Sinn Féin will be hosting a series of public debates the length and breadth of Ireland, and a state wide leadership tour with party leader Gerry Adams, including Galway, Clare, Mayo, Wicklow, Kilkenny, Dublin and Cork.


“Sinn Féin activists and representatives have for the last number of months taken part in a huge number of internal meetings and public debates on the Lisbon Treaty leaving them well informed on the contents and implications of the Lisbon Treaty.  The mood is positive and energetic.  We are looking forward to the political challenges over the coming weeks and believe that the referendum can be defeated and the Irish government sent back to Europe to negotiate a better deal for Ireland.” CRÍOCH

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