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Government ministers need to stop insulting the electorate and debate the contents of the Treaty

19 May, 2012


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald, canvassing in East Wall in her Dublin Central constituency this morning said “There has been a lot of distraction and confusion since the start of this campaign.  With less than two weeks to go it is about time that government ministers stepped up to the plate and start doing their job and discuss the substance of what people are being asked to vote on, on May 31st.”  Sinn Féin is holding information stalls in towns and villages across the country today and more than 100 public meetings will take place before people go to the polls.

Ms. McDonald said:

“Yesterday the government said their position was crystal clear.  It is anything but.  For the last three weeks they have talked about everything but the content of the Treaty which we are being asked to vote on, on May 31st. 

“They don’t want to talk about the articles of the Treaty, the potential cost to Irish taxpayers or the long term implications of being forced to hand away economic sovereignty.  And they are ignoring the elephant in the room, that this Treaty is still being negotiated.

“The contribution of senior government representatives to the debate this week was deeply insulting to the electorate. They need to step up to the plate and start doing their job.

 “Sinn Féin is holding information stalls in towns and villages across the country today and more than 100 public meetings will take place before people go to the polls. We are setting out the details of the Treaty and the reasons why we believe it is a bad deal for Ireland.”

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