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Sarkozy comments deeply insulting to the people of Ireland

15 July, 2008 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has described comments attributed to President Sarkozy that "The Irish will have to vote again" as deeply insulting to the people of Ireland.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "In the month since the Irish people voted overwhelmingly to reject the Lisbon Treaty we have listened to a succession of EU leaders lining up to try and bully and coerce us into doing what they want.

"The fact is that the people have spoken and the Lisbon Treaty is dead. The ratification process should stop and the leaders of the EU must negotiate a new Treaty. The rules are very clear - if one or more countries reject a treaty it cannot come into force and the 27 EU heads of government must return to the negotiating table.

"The people voted against the Lisbon Treaty because they believe it is a bad deal for Ireland and the EU and it needs to be changed. There can be no question of rehashing the Lisbon Treaty and putting it to the people again. EU leaders need to listen to what the people of Ireland, France and the Netherlands have said about the contents of this Treaty. They need to deal with concerns about democracy, neutrality, workers rights and public services.

"President Sarkozy is due in Ireland next week. Sinn Féin has sought a meeting with him to put these points directly to him. It is clear that the Irish government has no appetite for dealing with this issue properly so it is important that President Sarkozy understands that the Irish people demand that our vote is respected and more importantly our concerns addressed." ENDS

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