No Vote would create a huge opportunity for the government to secure a better deal
Speaking today at the unveiling of a building wrap banner at the party's Parnell Square offices, Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin Mary Lou McDonald said: “A strong no vote on June 12th would create a huge opportunity for the Irish government to address those issues which are clearly of concern to the public.”
Ms. McDonald said:
"The Irish government can secure a better deal. A strong no vote on June 12 would create a huge opportunity for the government to address those issues which are clearly of concern to the public.
"Sinn Féin has argued from the beginning of this campaign that the Lisbon Treaty is a bad deal for Ireland. A no vote on June 12 would give the government a strong mandate for new negotiations.
"In any re-negotiation the government must secure a permanent Irish commissioner. The government also needs to secure the absolute right of Irish citizens to have the final say in any significant changes to EU treaties.
"The government also needs to ensure that key strategic vetoes on issues such as tax, public services and international trade are strengthened. They need to secure measures to prevent workers pay and conditions from being undermined. They need to secure a protocol protecting our neutrality and opt outs from military spending.
“Brian Lenihan this morning raised the issue of nuclear power and queried what the government could do about the fact that millions of Euro of Irish tax payers money is used to fund this industry. The solution is simple. The Irish government should secure an opt-out from EURATOM as advocated by environmentalists.
"I have no doubt that the response of the government and other yes campaigns to today’s Irish Times poll will be to increase their efforts to scare and bully the electorate into voting yes. Sinn Féin is asking voters to come to this debate in a calm and reasoned way, to listen to the arguments being put forward by both sides and to make up their mind. The Irish people need to decide what is in the best interests of Ireland and the EU.
"In politics, as in life, there is always a plan B. A strong no vote on June 12th will give the government a mandate to secure a better deal, for Ireland, the EU and the developing world." CRIOCH