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Gerry Adams on Lisbon campaign trail in the West of Ireland on Tuesday and Wednesday

26 May, 2008

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams will be in the west of Ireland on Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th to campaign for a no vote in the Lisbon Treaty referendum. Mr. Adams has said that the Irish people can get a better deal in Europe if they vote no on June 12th and send the government back to the negotiations."

Mr. Adams will be accompanied on the trip by the party's Director of the Lisbon Campaign Padraig MacLochlainn. They will visit Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Roscommon, Leitrim and Cavan. They will also visit Athlone. Later in the week Mr. Adams will be in Dublin and next week he will visit Munster.

Speaking prior to the trip Mr. Adams said:

"On 12th June the Irish people will go to the polls and whatever happens on that day Ireland's place in Europe is secure. I strongly believe that the Lisbon Treaty is a bad deal for Ireland. It will reduce our political strength, further undermine neutrality and is bad for the economy, the farming community and workers rights.

"The vast majority of laws now begin in Europe. Powerful EU political institutions make proposals and pass laws that directly affect our daily lives. Lisbon reduces Ireland's strength in these institutions. Ireland will have no EU Commissioner for five out of every fifteen years, our voting strength on the Council of Ministers will half while at the same time bigger countries like France, Britain and Germany almost double their strength. The need to keep a permanent Irish Commissioner is obvious and should not be given away lightly.

"The Lisbon Treaty will result in greater amounts of Irish taxpayers' money being spent on Irish and EU military capabilities. It will further consolidate the EUs control over foreign and security policy. It will allow for the emergence of mini military alliances of member states and for the first time the EU will have its own Foreign Minister with a diplomatic corps who will oversee such policies.

"Workers rights are not protected anywhere in this Treaty. The right of workers to decent pay and conditions must be protected. EU law allows companies from outside Ireland to bring in workers and undercut Irish rates of pay and conditions. The Lisbon Treaty doesn't tackle this issue. The rights and conditions of all workers need to be protected.

"The Lisbon Treaty puts the livelihoods of farmers at risk by giving the EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson even more power and removing the Irish government's right to veto bad trade deals in the future.

"It is possible to get a better deal for Ireland in Europe if the Irish people vote no on June 12th and send the government back to the negotiations with a strong mandate."ENDS

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