Féin councillor Jonathan O'Brien today launched the party's "A Better
Deal For Ireland and the EU" document in Cork. The document outlines
what the party believes is the minimum that should be included in any
new European deal to take account of the concerns of Irish voters after
their rejection of the Lisbon Treaty. "The Lisbon Treaty is
dead" Councillor O'Brien stated, "The Irish people have spoken, and a
re-run of the referendum is not an option. New negotiations for a
deal for Irleand and Europe must begin."
"To date the
Irish government has failed to listen to the Irish people following
their rejection of the Lisbon Treaty. Throughout the campaign a number
of key concerns were voiced across Irish society - concerns about
and Ireland's place within Europe, neutrality and militarisation,
workers' rights and public services."
is no appetite for a new treaty among many EU leaders, including Brian
Cowen, some member state governments, a wide variety of political
voices and important social movements including the European Trade
Union Confederation have expressed an interest in re-negotiating key
aspects of the treaty. Indeed a majority of public opinion in France
and the Netherlands continues to be opposed to the treaty and wants
"The space and
the support for a new treaty clearly exists. If the Irish government
were to take a lead in building a political and social alliance for a
better deal it would reap substantial dividends both in terms of the
content of any new treaty and in its standing among the peoples and
governments of the EU."
"I do not
underestimate the diffiiculties involved in building support for a new
round of negotiations. Sinn Féin wants to play a constructive role and
assist the government in what should be a truly national effort. The
rejection of the Lisbon Treaty gives the government a strong hand in
any future negoitations. The question now is how the Taoiseach will use
that hand and whether he has the political will and courage to use it
to maximum effect."
European Council meets in October Brian Cowen must call for a new round
of negotiations and a new treaty. If he does we will all take a step
closer to a better deal for Ireland, the EU and the developing world."
"Sinn Féin's "A
better deal for Ireland and the EU" document contains the minimum
changes we believe would be acceptable to the Irish electorate in a new
Treaty deal. These proposals are short-term strategic reforms that we
believe are reasonable, practical and deliverable."
of Irish isolation within the EU or a two speed Europe are nonsense.
Our place is at the heart of Europe. Negotiations for a new treaty deal
Read the full
text of the Sinn Féin document here