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Sinn Féin has sought a meeting with President Sarkozy on his visit to Ireland

14 July, 2008


Sinn Féin has sought a meeting with President Sarkozy on his visit to Ireland Sinn Féin MEP Mary Lou McDonald today confirmed that the party had met with the French Ambassador to Ireland Mr. Yvon Roe d'Albert and requested a meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy when he visits Dublin next Monday. She said that "Sinn Féin wishes to set out the main reasons behind the Irish peoples' rejection of the Lisbon Treaty and the need for these issues to be addressed properly in a new Treaty and not brushed under the carpet."

Ms. McDonald said:

"Last Friday I met with the French Ambassador to Ireland and formally requested a meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy when he visits Dublin next Monday. The Ambassador indicated that the French would meet with Sinn Féin but that arrangements would have to be made through the Irish government as it is hosting the visit.

"We have already been in touch with the Taoiseach's office to ask them to facilitate the meeting and are currently awaiting their response.

"We want the opportunity to set out to President Sarkozy the main reasons behind the Irish people's rejection of the Lisbon Treaty and the substantive issues which now need to be addressed around the loss of power, neutrality, workers rights and public services. In the aftermath of the referendum Sinn Féin set out in detail the changes, which we believe would need to be made in any new treaty in the document 'A better deal is possible'.

"The fact is that the people have no spoken and the Lisbon Treaty is dead. The rules of treaty ratification are clear, if one or more country rejects a treaty it cannot come into force, and the 27 EU heads of government must return to the negotiating table.

"When France and the Netherlands rejected the EU Constitution in 2005 their governments did not want to negotiate a better deal. In both countries their governments were able to ratify the Lisbon Treaty by parliamentary vote, bypassing the democratic will of the people. In Ireland this is not possible; any new treaty must be put to the people." ENDS

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