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Government in disarray over EU Constitution referendum - Mary Lou McDonald

3 June, 2005

Sinn Féin National Chairperson and MEP for Dublin has today said that the Government is "in complete disarray over the EU Constitution".

Ms McDonald made her comments after the Progressive Democrats urged the Taoiseach to scrap plans to hold a referendum in the wake of No votes in both France and the Netherlands within the past week.

Speaking today Ms McDonald said:

"It is obvious that this government is in complete and utter disarray over the EU Constitution, with the PD‚s saying one thing and Fianna Fail not even sure as to what it is saying on the matter. The rejection of the EU Constitution in both France and the Netherlands has caught the government on the hop. Now they are unable to provide a unified or coherent response as to whether a referendum will now be held in this state.

"This government needs to make it absolutely clear to the people as to its intention in regards to any future referendum on the EU Constitution. If the Constitution is dead, then they should say so. If they intend to continue to hold the referendum, then they should make it crystal clear what we are voting to ratify, in light of French and Dutch rejections.

"Sinn Féin is already up and running in our campaign opposing a constitution which is undemocratic, militaristic and right wing. The people require clarity on this issue, not ambiguity which has characterized past European campaigns." ENDS

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