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Sinn Féin Submission to the Irish government - A Better Deal

18 June, 2008

Download a PDF of Sinn Féin's Submission to the Irish government - A Better Deal.

During the Lisbon Treaty referendum campaign Sinn Féin argued that Ireland's place is in Europe but a better deal was possible. Our campaign focused on four central areas of concern, namely democracy, neutrality, workers rights and public services. We also outlined concerns with respect to issues of trade, the developing world and the European Atomic Energy Treaty.

The people have now spoken and the Lisbon Treaty is over. The ratification process should end and the leaders of the EU's 27 member states must now negotiate a new Treaty.

This document contains the detail of the better deal, which Sinn Féin argued for during the referendum. It represents short-term strategic reforms, which we believe, are reasonable, practical and deliverable in the context of any upcoming negotiation. They are the minimum required in any new treaty.

We are aware that there are significant implications for other aspects of the Treaty arising from these proposals. These would need to be addressed in any new negotiation.

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