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Government plans to hold Citizenship referendum callous and cynical

6 April, 2004

Reacting to the Government's announcement that it plans to hold the referendum on Citizenship on the same day as the local and European elections, Sinn Féin's Aengus Ó Snodaigh, the party's spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Human Rights, described it as the 'height of irresponsibility' which showed the Government was "callously and cynically" exploiting this sensitive issue for short-term electoral gain.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "This is a complex and sensitive issue which the Government is callously and cynically exploiting for electoral gain without regard to the negative consequences and potential for lasting damage to Irish society and the Good Friday Agreement. The Government's decision today has virtually guaranteed that race will become an election issue. It is the height of irresponsibility and must be rejected." ENDS

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