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Referendum is a democratic imperative — MacLochlainn

30 January, 2012 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

Sinn Féin foreign affairs spokesperson, Padraig Mac Lochlainn TD, says that the EU Treaty draft issued in Brussels last night (Monday) failed to offer any solutions to the Eurozone crisis. He said a referendum in Ireland was now a democratic imperative regardless of whatever advice the government receives from the Attorney General.

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn said: “Yesterday’s announcement in Brussels does not offer any solution to the Eurozone crisis or the economic problems besetting Ireland and the EU. Despite the spin we’ve heard all day it does not involve any new investment in jobs.

“For Ireland the intergovernmental treaty means a serious loss of sovereignty, a longer period of austerity and the continued bailing out of banks.

“Opinion polls have shown that an overwhelming majority of people in this state want their say on this treaty. It is now a democratic imperative that this issue be put to a referendum.

“Today the Taoiseach said the government had nothing to fear from a referendum. If that is the case, then give citizens their say.

“The government says it will seek advice from the Attorney General on the final Treaty draft but whatever her advice, it is imperative that the people are allowed to vote on a treaty which will have such a profound implications for the Irish economy, Irish sovereignty and Irish society.”

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