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A better deal is still possible – Adams

26 September, 2009 - by Pat Sheehan, Westminster

Speaking today from a canvass in Tallaght, Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has said that “a better deal is still possible despite the claims to the contrary from the government and their supporters on the yes side.”

Mr Adams said:

“The government and their supporters on the ‘Yes’ side are telling you that a better deal is not possible. I don’t agree. There would not be a Good Friday Agreement if that approach had been adopted.

“During the early days of the Peace Process the Irish people were told that the Downing Street declaration was the only deal possible. But Sinn Féin kept negotiating.

“The Irish people were then told that the Framework Document was the best deal possible. We didn’t agree. In the end and as a result of political will and hard work we collectively negotiated the Good Friday Agreement.

“Just as a better deal was possible in the Peace Process, a better deal is possible in Europe.

“A deal based on democracy, equality and prosperity. A deal that replaces the outdated and discredited Lisbon Treaty with a new deal for the new and challenging times in which we find ourselves.

“The first step in securing that better deal is voting ‘No’ to the Lisbon Treaty on 2nd October.” ENDS

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