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Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour caught out on Lisbon – Doherty

24 May, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Speaking on the recent decision by the European Union to scrutinise Ireland’s budgetary measures before our own parliament, Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has said that Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Labour Party sold the Lisbon Treaty as a pig in a poke and have now been caught out.

Senator Doherty said:

“Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Labour Party sold the Lisbon Treaty to the electorate on the basis of ‘a vote for Lisbon is a vote for jobs’. Sinn Féin argued at the time that the Lisbon Treaty would allow greater EU interference in our affairs. We said that the EU was eyeing up Ireland’s tax system with a view to harmonising tax systems across the EU. We were proved right.

“We have now learned that each member state must hand in their draft budgets in order to get EU approval before they go before parliament. This is disrespectful of our sovereignty and is an indication that the EU is becoming more and more obsessed with centralisation and bureaucracy.

“I am proud to say that the people of Donegal saw through the rhetoric of the establishment parties in the run-up to the Lisbon referendum. The people of Donegal voted against the treaty because they saw through the empty promises of ‘yes for jobs’ and ‘yes for recovery’.The slogan ‘vote yes for jobs’ truly rings hollow now. They saw the race to the bottom in pay and conditions for workers in the treaty, they saw the absence of democratic accountability in the treaty and they saw the chipping away at our country’s sovereignty contained in the treaty.

“Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Labour Party should be ashamed of themselves. They sold this treaty as a pig in a poke and did so through blatant lies and scare-mongering.”

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