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Sinn Féin Deputy Leader challenges Pat Cox to debate on Lisbon II

23 June, 2009

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has today publicly challenged former European Parliament President and well paid EU lobbyist Pat Cox to a debate on Lisbon II. Ms McDonald was speaking in Dublin today ahead of a meeting in Brussels with senior political figures opposed to the Lisbon Treaty.

Ms McDonald said:

“Following last weeks European Council of Ministers meeting one thing is certain, the people will be voting on the very same Treaty later this year. The peoples genuine concerns articulated throughout and following the fall of the Lisbon Treaty last year have been ignored.

“The government and its supporters have worked hard over the last couple of weeks to create the impression that something important has been secured from Europe. Nothing could be further from the truth. Last weeks Council of Ministers meeting marks a missed opportunity to tackle Europe’s new economic circumstances.

“Former European Parliament President and well paid EU lobbyist Pat Cox last weekend launched a campaign to promote a Yes vote in the upcoming re-run referendum on Lisbon. I am today challenging Pat Cox to a debate on Lisbon II.

“Much will be made over the coming weeks of Ireland’s relationship with Europe and our economic ties to each other. But the fact is neither of these issues is in question. The debate is about the Lisbon Treaty. Let’s debunk the fiction early on in the campaign so that we can in a robust and ration manner debate the facts of the Treaty and it implications for Ireland and the EU.” ENDS

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