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Gerry Adams comments on Lisbon result

3 October, 2009 - by Pat Sheehan

Speaking from Dublin Castle today following the announcement of the result in the second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said:

“I want to commend all those who came out and voted in this second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. To those hundreds of thousands of people who again voted No, I want to congratulate them for doing so in the face of huge pressure including threats that a No vote would have negative implications for jobs and the economy. You had the courage to make a stand for a better deal and to stand by the values of decency, citizenship, fairness and democracy.

“It is no surprise that there was a class divide in how people voted – those who gained little over the Celtic Tiger era were not swayed by promises from the Yes side of employment and prosperity. They knew their concerns about workers’ rights and other issues had not been addressed.

“Those, particularly in the Labour Party and Fine Gael who argued that economic salvation would come though a Yes vote, will have to be held to account in that regard. I have no doubt but that this Fianna Fail-led government, boosted by today’s result, will feel empowered to implement savage policies, including a brutal budget, NAMA and a range of cuts to social services as proposed in the McCarthy Report.

“The problems facing Irish society will not, in any way, be resolved by today’s result. Sinn Féin will continue to work for a better Europe – one that is more democratic and that puts the interests of ordinary citizens and workers above that of big business and bureaucrats. We will continue to work for a fairer Ireland and for an economy and a society which serves the interests of its citizens.

“The fact remains that this government and its policies remain deeply unpopular. For economic recovery and for social progress this government has to go.” ENDS

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