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Sinn Féin launches nationwide information campaign on the future of the EU

13 October, 2005


Sinn Féin spokesperson on International Affairs Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD and party representative to the Forum on Europe Councillor Daithí Doolan today launched a nationwide information campaign on the future of the European Union. Speaking as the government launched its White Paper on the EU Constitution Deputy Ó Snodaigh said "Instead of producing a White Paper on a Constitution which by their own admission the government have no intention of holding a referendum on and which senior EU officials have already said has no future, the Irish government should be engaging in a real debate on the future of the EU."

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

"There are radically differing views in Ireland on the future of the European Union. The federalist, neo-liberal and militaristic route advocated in the now redundant Constitution is just one option but there are many others. What is required is an open, honest debate on the future of the EU, just as they had in France, where all views are respected and can be held up to scrutiny.

"Sinn Féin's nationwide information campaign is designed to encourage such a debate in homes and workplaces throughout the country. Today I am calling on government Ministers to stop running away from debates with Sinn Féin and to engage on the future of Europe.

"Instead of wasting money on publishing a White Paper on the EU Constitution when it is clear, from comments by the Taoiseach, that they have absolutely no intention of holding a referendum anytime soon and when even senior EU officials are stating that there is no future for the Constitution in its current form, the government should be engaging in a real debate on future of Europe." ENDS

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