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Government failing to engage in real debate on Lisbon issues – Ó Snodaigh

1 June, 2008

Dublin Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh, speaking after canvassing for a no vote in Crumlin today, accused the Government of failing to engage in a real debate on the content of the Lisbon Treaty. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said it is obvious from talking to the public that there are huge concerns with the treaty.

He said, "It is quite obvious from talking to members of the public that there are huge concerns about the content of the treaty particularly among those who have yet to decide how to vote. People who would normally follow the line of their preferred party are very cautious and cannot understand why they are being asked to support this treaty.

"People are wondering why trade unions, small businesses and farmers have not come out in support of the treaty.

"This is because the Government is failing to engage in a real debate on the content of the treaty and are instead resorting to scare tactics in a desperate attempt to win this referendum campaign.

"People should realize that this referendum is not a question of whether we like Europe or not. Our place in Europe is secure. This is a referendum about the direction we would like Europe to go in.

"Sinn Féin wants to see Ireland's hand strengthened in Europe and therefore we cannot accept the loss of a permanent Irish commissioner and the weakening of our voting strength at the Council of Ministers. We are therefore asking people to vote no to Lisbon to send the Government back to the negotiation table to demand a better deal." ENDS

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