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What the government can deliver in a renegotiated Treaty

9 June, 2008


Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty today set out six key issues which the Irish government  could deliver in a renegotiated Treaty.  He said that the reason the government is falling back on scare tactics is because it has proved impossible for them to sell a bad deal to the Irish people, just as it was impossible to sell the same deal to the French and Dutch in 2005.”

Senator Doherty said:

“As we go into the final days of the campaign it is clear that the referendum is very tight.  It is encouraging, however, that there is growing support for the idea of sending the Irish government back to Europe with a strong mandate for new negotiations.

“The fact is that a better deal is possible. The Irish government can:

·      Secure a permanent Irish EU Commissioner.
·      Copperfasten key strategic vetoes on public services, taxation & international trade.
·      Stop Irish rates of pay and conditions being undercut
·      Secure a specific article protecting Irish neutrality and oppose the imposition of increased military spending.
·      Stop using Irish taxpayers money to fund the nuclear industry.
·      Maintain the absolute right of Irish citizens to have the final say in any significant change to EU treaties.

“Last night’s desperate assertion from the government that Ireland will lose its commissioner in a years time is totally inaccurate. Under the current rules the number and composition of the Commission will be decided by a unanimous vote at Council. This means that if the Irish people vote no on June 12th the  government has the power to block any proposal to remove our commissioner. The Council can agree to defer any decision on the future of the Commission until the renegotiation of the Lisbon Treaty is concluded.

“The reason the government is falling back on scare tactics is because it has proved impossible for them to sell a bad deal to the Irish people, just as it was impossible to sell the same deal to the French and Dutch in 2005.The government has not put up any convincing argument for why it is in Ireland’s interests to lose our Commissioner, to reduce our voting strength, to increase military spending, to open public services to competition and to lose vetos on international trade.

“As we approach polling day Sinn Féin will be stepping up our campaign. Our representatives will be involved in dozens of debates and our members will be out canvassing in towns and villages across the country. We will be doing all that we can to see a better deal for Ireland secured.”ENDS

Note to editor: Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams is canvassing in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary today. Arthur Morgan TD is attending a press conference organised by UNITE. Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, Martin Ferris TD, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD are canvassing in their constituencies. Eoin Ó Broin will participate in a Rock the Vote debate in Google’s Dublin office at 3.30, the debate will be streamed live on rte.ie. Mary Lou McDonald is canvassing in Dublin this morning and will represent the party on the Lisbon debate on Questions and Answers this evening.

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