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Irish Government must ensure Sarkozy hears the Irish people

20 July, 2008


cy, militarism and neutrality, public services and workers rights. These same issues were raised by the people of France and the Netherlands in advance of their rejection of the same document.

“The Irish people are rightly concerned at the comments attributed to President Sarkozy earlier this week and at attempts by the government to try and play them down rather than meet them head on. 



“The Irish government needs to stand up for Irish national interests.  The Taoiseach should make it clear to President Sarkozy tomorrow that there will be no re-run of the Lisbon Treaty.  Brian Cowen must set out in unambiguous terms the need for a new treaty.  

“Sinn Féin intend to put it to President Sarkozy directly that there can be no re-running of the Lisbon Treaty. The Irish people made a democratic decision and there is an obligation on European leader

Speaking today from Dublin Sinn Féin Lisbon Campaign Director Cllr. Padraig MacLochlainn today outlined to the media the proposals Sinn Féin intend to outline to the EU President Nicolas Sarkozy when they meet with him on Monday. Cllr. MacLochlainn will also call on the Irish government to firmly state to President Sarkozy that there will be no re running of the Lisbon Treaty.

Cllr. MacLochlainn said: “There can be no question of the failed Lisbon Treaty being put to the Irish people again. Subtle threats of a two speed Europe or Ireland’s isolation within the union are also nonsense. The Lisbon Treaty is finished and cannot proceed with out the ratification of all member states. A new treaty negotiation is the only way forward.

“The Irish government has to date failed to use the strong mandate the Irish people have given them to address their concerns surrounding democras to deal with the issues raised around the loss of power, neutrality, public services and workers rights.



“The fact is that under EU law the Lisbon Treaty cannot proceed. And unlike France and the Netherlands a referendum is required in this state, for any new treaty.  The challenge for the Irish government is to go and build support for a better deal and a new treaty.


“We will give President Sarkozy a copy of the proposals which we published in the aftermath of the referendum in which we set out in detail the changes which need to be included in a new Treaty. Sinn Féin will be seeking to meet with him in the coming period to discuss these matters in more depth.” ENDS


cy, militarism and neutrality, public services and workers rights. These same issues were raised by the people of France and the Netherlands in advance of their rejection of the same document.

“The Irish people are rightly concerned at the comments attributed to President Sarkozy earlier this week and at attempts by the government to try and play them down rather than meet them head on. 



“The Irish government needs to stand up for Irish national interests.  The Taoiseach should make it clear to President Sarkozy tomorrow that there will be no re-run of the Lisbon Treaty.  Brian Cowen must set out in unambiguous terms the need for a new treaty.  

“Sinn Féin intend to put it to President Sarkozy directly that there can be no re-running of the Lisbon Treaty. The Irish people made a democratic decision and there is an obligation on European leader

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