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UKIP not welcome in Irish politics – McDonald

4 September, 2009


Speaking in response to the news that the British UKIP party intend to send leaflets calling for Irish voters to reject the Lisbon Treaty, Sinn Fein Vice President Mary Lou McDonald said UKIP has no mandate, no support and no place in Irish politics. Ms. McDonald said Nigel Farage’s party should play no active part in the Irish Lisbon referendum campaign.

McDonald said:

“The Lisbon Treaty is about the future of Europe. Sinn Féin welcomes and encourages debate from all countries on each member states view of the Treaty.

“Sinn Féin does not object to people from across the EU coming to Ireland and expressing their views on the Lisbon Treaty, whether they are for or against. But it is another matter entirely for individuals or organisations from other member states to seek to influence the electorate and become active participants in the campaign.

“UKIP has no mandate, no support and no place in Irish politics. Nigel Farage’s party should play no active part in the Irish Lisbon referendum campaign. We don’t want their kind of right wing politics in Ireland and they should stop interfering in what is a matter for Irish citizens in this state.” ENDS

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