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Sinn Féin response to Red C Poll

7 June, 2008

Responding tonight to the latest Sunday Business Post Red C poll on the Lisbon Treaty Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin Mary Lou McDonald said:

“Tomorrows poll confirms what I am hearing on the doors, that the contest remains tight and that all is to play for.

“Clearly a large number of people continue to be concerned about the negative impact of Ireland’s loss of power within the EU, on neutrality, and on workers’ rights and public services.

“Sinn Féin will be doing everything that we can to ensure that the facts of the Lisbon Treaty are presented clearly and honestly in the final four days of the campaign.

“We are firm in our belief that the Irish government can secure a better deal. A strong no vote on June 12 would create a huge opportunity for the government to address those issues which are clearly of concern to the public.

"Sinn Féin has argued from the beginning of this campaign that the Lisbon Treaty is a bad deal for Ireland. A no vote on June 12 would give the government a strong mandate for new negotiations.

"In any re-negotiation the government must secure a permanent Irish Commissioner.


“The government also needs to secure the absolute right of Irish citizens to have the final say in any significant changes to EU treaties.

"In addition government must ensure that key strategic vetoes on issues such as tax, public services and international trade are strengthened. They need to secure measures to prevent workers pay and conditions from being undermined. They need to secure a protocol protecting our neutrality and opt -outs from military spending.” ENDS

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