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Ireland and Europe need a new treaty for a new time – Ó Snodaigh

1 April, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin's Aengus Ó Snodaigh today attacked the short sighted and discredited policies of neo-liberalisation and privatisation as well as their supporters within the E.U.

Speaking in the Dáil today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said; "Last month’s meeting of the EU Council focused on finding solutions to the current economic crisis and once again came up very short. Not only were the solutions inadequate they also failed to even recognize that it is policies such as deregulation, liberalisation and privatisation which have been pursued fanatically at Member State and EU level which are at the heart of the current global recession. And if we are going to get to grips with this crisis then these policies need to be reversed."

The Sinn Féin Deputy went on to highlight the democratic deficit facing the E.U., which is alienating citizens "It is absolutely astonishing that Brian Cowen updated his colleagues in Brussels on the Lisbon Treaty and the development of guarantees for Ireland, yet feels no compulsion to extend the same courtesy to the Irish electorate. Sinn Féin has been calling on the government for months now to publish the wording of the guarantees – if in fact any real guarantees have been secured, could be secured or will we end up with legalistic verbage.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh concluded by stating that as a result of new economic and political realities "Ireland must remain at the heart of Europe. But we want a change of policy direction in Ireland and also in Brussels. We need a new Treaty for a new time. We need new political leadership." ENDS

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