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EU Treaty changes require endorsement of the Irish people – Ó Snodaigh

3 November, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Speaking during statements on the European Council in the Dáil today Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh said there must be a referendum in Ireland if there are to be amendments to EU Treaties.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said Ireland’s economic sovereignty has been seriously undermined.

He said:

“The key focus of last week’s European Council were the moves by France and Germany to further amend the EU Treaties and this coming little over a year following the passing of the Lisbon Treaty in this state, albeit at the second attempt.

“The two member states in question sought reform of the Treaties to provide for a permanent crisis resolution mechanism within the Eurozone as well as a desire to punish countries which breach the Stability and Growth Pact including proposals that these countries would be deprived of voting rights in the Council.

“What I want to know is what kind of stand did our Government take to oppose these further attempts to limit the economic and political sovereignty of member states, did they seek allies, did they make arguments or did they simply capitulate?

“The reality that has become all the clearer as this crisis has unfolded is that Irelands Economic Sovereignty has been seriously undermined by this, as well as successive Irish Governments. The policies of this current Government risk confining Irish Economic Sovereignty to the dustbin of history.

“It is incumbent on this Government to uphold the longstanding tradition in this country as set down by the Supreme Court in the Crotty case that where there is to be a further transfer of sovereignty from Ireland to the EU then this need to be done by referendum and in no other way.

“It is completely unacceptable that this Government would seek to agree to changes in EU treaties which have the effect of further eroding Irish Sovereignty by any other mechanism. It is crucial that this message is delivered clearly and concisely by the Government to Mr Von Rompuy when he consults the Government in relation to this matter.” ENDS

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