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Yes side 'throws kithchen sink at campaign' - McDonald

28 September, 2009

Reacting to news that the American Chamber of Commerce is calling for a 'Yes' vote in the second Lisbon Treaty referendum campaign, Sinn Féin Deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald said today:

"It comes as no surprise that the American Chamber of Commerce supports the Lisbon Treaty. They have taken that position because Lisbon will lead to greater liberalisation of public services, international trade and energy provision and downward pressure on wages.

"The kitchen sink is being thrown at this campaign by the yes side - from free flights in and out of the country to free ice-creams outside of Croke Park.

"The position of the American Chamber of Commerce does not change the facts that this treaty has nothing to with the economy or job creation.

"This is more to do with certain multinationals seeking to retain the favour of the government and of the EU commission than it has to do with the impact of a 'No' vote.

"The only thing the EU has done in relation to multinationals locating here is to give approval to the Polish Government's €54.5 million aid package to Dell to relocate 1,900 jobs from Limerick to Poland.

"The announcement by the American Chamber of Commerce stands in stark contrast to comments by Paul Rellis, Managing Director of Microsoft Ireland who, speaking to the Oireachtas sub-committee on the Future of Europe on 21st October, 2008 said, 'I have not seen any material impact on jobs, market access or sales in recent months attributable to the rejection of the Lisbon Treaty.'

Saying 'No' to Lisbon in 2008 had no impact whatsoever on jobs. The same will be true if we rejected the Treaty on 2nd October.

"The reality is that companies will continue to invest in Ireland on the basis of economic potential. Voting 'No' to the Lisbon Treaty poses no threat to that potential."


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