Same Treaty, Same Answer – Ó Caoláin
Addressing the European Affairs Committee of the Oireachtas this morning, Sinn Féin Dáil group leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said that “despite the rejection of the Lisbon Treaty by 53% of the electorate last year the government is returning to the people with exactly the same proposition as before. It is the same Treaty and so people should give the same answer, a resounding No.”
Deputy O Caoláin said:
“On June 12th 2008, almost 900,000 people in this state rejected the Lisbon Treaty. They did so because they believed that it was a bad Treaty and because they wanted a better deal for Ireland and for Europe.
“What did the government do? Just like their mismanagement of the economy, they prevaricated, sat on their hands and failed to act appropriately.
“As a result they have not secured a single change to the text of the Lisbon Treaty. On October 2nd we will be voting on exactly the same treaty as we did last year.
“If it wasn’t good enough for the electorate then why on earth should it be good enough for us now?
“Fianna Fáil and their supporters in Labour and Fine Gael are also using the economic crisis to scare people into supporting the treaty.
“We are told that if we vote no we will lose investment, jobs, and support from our EU counterparts.
“The truth is very different. The cause of this recession is the failed economic policies of this government and their counterparts across Europe. Many of these failed right wing politicians were responsible for negotiating the Treaty and many of their failed right wing policies are contained in the Treaty.
“The proposition before the people on October 2nd is exactly the same as that voted on in June 2008. It is the same Treaty and so people should give the same answer, a resounding No.” ENDS