Ireland deserves ambitious representation in Europe
Sinn Féin Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald and Lisbon Campaign Director Pádraig Mac Lochlainn have this week taken part in this year’s National Ploughing Championships. Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew and MEP Bairbre de Brun have met with farming and agriculture organisations. Donegal Senator Pearse Doherty and Kerry TD Martin Ferris yesterday launched the initial findings of a farmers’ mart survey taken across the western counties on the sectors future. The Dublin MEP and Donegal Councillor updated the media today in the EU Parliament tent at the Killkenny event on the party’s EU election campaign.
The Dublin MEP said:
“Next week will see the first of Sinn Féin’s EU selection conventions which are to be held over the coming weeks concluding in Sligo on the 2nd of November. The party is looking forward to the forthcoming election challenges particularly against the backdrop of the Lisbon campaign debate.
“In contrast to the lack of enthusiasm of the Yes camp to discuss the content of the Lisbon Treaty it was clear during the debate was that the people of this state want to talk about Europe. People want to engage on the issues that affect them and in turn contribute to the debate on what type of Europe we wish to shape.
“A number of key issues of concern were raised during the Lisbon campaign. Workers rights and public services, militarisation, democracy and member state sovereignty were just some of the issues that animated the general public. These issues are ongoing debates which shape Irish domestic policy in delivering public service, government decision making and workers terms and conditions. It follows that Ireland needs strong representation in Europe.
“It is clear at this early stage that the government intends to re shape the public debate on Lisbon. Having failed to secure a yes vote on the content of the Treaty they will now resort to reducing a second referendum proposition to ‘is Ireland in or out of Europe’.
“Following the Irish peoples rejection of the Lisbon Treaty we remain as we have always been at the heart of Europe. Sinn Féin has consistently argued that Ireland’s place is within Europe. But we have a responsibility to use this wisely and we must remain ambitious for we can achieve as an active and committed member state.” ENDS