Brian Cowen needs to tell President Sarkozy that a new treaty is required
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams speaking in Dublin this morning confirmed that the party would be meeting with President Sarkozy on Monday.
He said “The Taoiseach should make it clear on Monday that there will be no re-run of the Lisbon Treaty. He needs to set out in clear and unambiguous terms the need for a new treaty.”
Mr. Adams said: “Sinn Féin has been in contact with the French Ambassador in recent days and we will be meeting with President Sarkozy in Dublin on Monday.
“Irish people are rightly concerned at the comments attributed to President Sarkozy earlier this week and at attempts by the government to try and play them down rather than meet them head on.
“The Irish government needs to stand up for Irish national interests. The Taoiseach should make it clear on Monday that there will be no re-run of the Lisbon Treaty. He needs to set out in clear and unambiguous terms the need for a new treaty. That is a democratic imperative.
“Sinn Féin intend to put it to President Sarkozy directly that there can be no re-running of the Lisbon Treaty. The Irish people made a democratic decision and there is an obligation on European leaders to deal with the issues raised around the loss of power, neutrality, public services and workers rights.
“The fact is that under EU law the Lisbon Treaty cannot proceed. And unlike France and the Netherlands a referendum is required in this state, for any new treaty. The challenge for the Irish government is to go and build support for a better deal and a new treaty.
“We will give President Sarkozy a copy of the proposals which we published in the aftermath of the referendum in which we set out in detail the changes which need to be included in a new Treaty. Sinn Féin will be seeking to meet with him in the coming period to discuss these matters in more depth.” ENDS