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Mary Lou McDonald to meet senior politicians in France as Nicolas Sarkozy takes over EU Presidency

30 June, 2008

Mary Lou McDonald will attend a press conference at 11.30am tomorrow (Tues 1st July) in the Assemblée Nationale, Bureau No. 1, 3 Rue Aristide  Briand, Paris 7°.  Among those attending the press conference will be Jean-Luc Mélenchon French Socialist Senator, and President of Pour la République Sociale (PRS), PS member of the Assemblée National Marc Dolez, and Marie-Georges Buffet, General Secretary of the PCF.


Sinn Féin MEP Mary Lou McDonald, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD and Raymond McCartney this morning briefed Ambassadors from EU member states on what needs to happen following the Irish rejection of the Lisbon Treaty and ongoing developments in the peace process.

Ms. McDonald has an article published in the French newspaper L’Humanité today on the eve of the French taking over the Presidency of the European Union.  She is travelling to Paris tomorrow (Tuesday 1st July) for a series of engagements with senior French politicians who led the successful campaign against the EU Constitution.  They will discuss what needs to happen following the rejection of the Lisbon Treaty including the need for parties across Europe to work together to secure a better deal.

Speaking in Dublin today Ms. McDonald said:

“This morning Sinn Féin briefed Ambassadors and Embassy representatives from across the EU on the outcome of the Lisbon Treaty referendum.  We discussed the reasons for the no vote and we outlined the need for the ratification process to stop and a new Treaty to be brought forward.  

“Tomorrow I am traveling to the French capital to meet with senior politicians who played a leading role in the French campaign against the EU Constitution.  We will be discussing the need for a new Treaty, which deals with the concerns raised by people across Europe about democracy, militarisation, workers rights and public services.  We will also be discussing how parties across Europe can work together to help bring this about.

“As the French will take over the Presidency of the EU the people of Ireland will be watching carefully to see if Nicolas Sarkozy respects the outcome of our referendum and indeed the wishes of the people of France and the Netherlands who also rejected the EU Constitution. Will he show real political leadership and facilitate the negotiation of a new treaty or will he try and force through a revamped Lisbon Treaty.”ENDS

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