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Cosy consensus on Lisbon must end

21 April, 2009


Speaking today from Leinster House Sinn Féin North West EU candidate Cllr. Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has called on Fine Gael and Labour to end its cosy consensus with the government on Lisbon noting, “the government has repeatedly tried to blame Ireland’s soaring unemployment and public finance crisis on the people’s rejection of Lisbon. Fine Gael and Labour have yet to come out with a clear statement that rejects the government’s claims. Blaming the people for the governments own economic failure must end.”

The Donegal Councillor said:

“In his emergency budget speech Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan shamefully tried to deflect his own governments responsibility for the recession by blaming the peoples rejection of Lisbon for the collapse in Ireland's public finances and soaring unemployment.

“We would expect little else from a government that deems it appropriate to fork out a whopping €53,000 parachute payment to Ministers of State who were superfluous to requirements in the first place. But my question is this. Why have Fine Gael and Labour not challenged this slight against the Irish electorate?

“A cosy consensus has developed between the government and opposition parties on Lisbon. The government has repeatedly tried to blame soaring unemployment and the public finance crisis on the people’s rejection of Lisbon. Fine Gael and Labour have yet to come out with a clear statement that rejects the government’s claims.

"Lisbon has nothing to do with Ireland's recession. The truth is that the culture of vested interests and big business lobbyists in the corridors of Brussels is the very substance of the Lisbon Treaty. And just like in Ireland it is these very same golden circles that have caused and underpin the current recession in other parts of Europe.

"It is also worth remembering it is the very people who have led our economy into recession through unbridled greed and reckless speculation that have inspired the substance of the Lisbon Treaty. It was Bertie Ahern himself who delivered the Lisbon Treaty’s first incarnation, the EU Constitution, during his European Presidency in 2004.

"The cosy consensus between Fine Gael, Labour and the government on this issue has to end. Both opposition parties need to come out with a definitive rebuttal of the governments claim. And critically government and opposition parties alike need to wake up and smell the coffee. The people of Ireland and Europe cannot afford the Lisbon Treaty. We need a new treaty for a new time. " CRIOCH

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