Adams - No Vote would create a huge opportunity to secure a better deal
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams speaking following a meeting of the party's leadership in Dublin this morning said 'In this country there is vast experience when it comes to negotiations. The Irish people know that it is possible to secure a better deal but it will only happen if the electorate vote no on June 12th and giving the government a strong mandate."
Mr. Adams said:
"Ireland is the only place in the European Union to have a vote on the Lisbon Treaty but there are tens of millions of people across the EU who have been denied a vote and who oppose this Treaty. The fact is that the Lisbon Treaty cannot proceed without the support of the Irish people so if it does not go through it will have to be re-negotiated.
"The Irish people have vast experience when it comes to negotiations over the last twenty years. We know that it is possible to secure a better deal but it will only happen if the people make it happen by voting no on June 12th and giving the government a strong mandate.
"I would call on the government and the other parties on the yes side to put aside the scaremongering and engage in a proper debate for the remaining days of the campaign.
"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 in a reasoned way.
"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."ENDS