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Kenny refusal to rule out 3rd referendum on Lisbon ludicrous – Doherty

24 September, 2009 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin senator Pearse Doherty has said that the refusal of Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny TD to rule out a third referendum if the Lisbon Treaty is again defeated as “ludicrous” and “yet another affront to democracy”.

Doherty challenged Enda Kenny, who was addressing the Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs, on a number of issues including whether if he would run a third referendum on Lisbon in the event of it being defeated and his party being in government.

Doherty said:

“Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny today refused to rule out another re-run of the Lisbon Treaty if it is defeated on the 2nd of October. We now have the ludicrous prospect that if Fine Gael were to be returned to government there could be a third referendum on Lisbon.

“This demonstrates that Fine Gael has no intention of listening to the will of the people and raises questions regarding that party’s suitability for government. Another referendum if there is a second defeat would be a monumental waste of public money as well as being yet another affront to democracy

“I challenged Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny on a number of other issues including his party’s record on workers right, its support for common defence and assertions the party has made on voting strength as well as nonsensical claims it has made, and which Kenny could not back up, about the impact of a yes vote for employment and the economy.

“And despite any claims by Fine Gael or anybody else on the yes side the fact remains that if the Lisbon Treaty is passed Ireland’s voting strength at the Council of Ministers will be reduced by over 50% from 2% to 0.8% while larger states such as Germany and Britain will see their voting strengths increase by more than 50% to 17% and 12% respectively.“ ENDS

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