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McDonald - A better deal is possible

4 June, 2008



Sinn Féin MEP Mary Lou McDonald was canvassing today on Grafton Street with MEP Bairbre de Brún and Education Minister Caitríona Ruane. Ms. McDonald said 'A no vote on June 12th will give the Irish government a strong mandate to negotiate a better deal for Ireland, the EU and the developing world.'


Ms. McDonald said:
"With one week to go we are entering the final stage of the campaign.
"To date the yes campaign has yet to provide any convincing argument as to why people should support the Treaty.

"They have yet to explain how it is in Ireland's interests for Ireland to lose a Commissioner and reduce our voting strength at Council.

"They have yet to explain how undermining public services and workers rights is in the best interests of our economy or how losing key vetos on public services and international trade will benefit anyone.

"They have yet to explain how increased military expenditure and continued support for nuclear power is in the interests of the people.

"I firmly believe that a better deal is possible. A no vote on June 12th will give the Irish government a strong mandate to negotiate a better deal for Ireland, the EU and the developing world."ENDS

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