Party have called on Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore to clarify for once and for all the Labour Party’s position in
relation to the future of the Lisbon Treaty.
spokesman Padraig Mannion, who was the party’s campaign director during the referendum, said that there was need for
clarification from Labour since the utterances of its leader Mr. Gilmore and those of Dublin MEP Proinsias De Rossa are entirely
contradictory of one another.
Mr. Mannion was
responding to comments made by Mr. De Rossa on Raidio na Gaeltachta’s news programme Admhaidin this morning (Tuesday)
in which the Labour MEP, in announcing his intention to seek a further term in the European Parliament, said that if the Irish
government cannot pass the Lisbon Treaty that we should stand aside as a country and let the rest of Europe move ahead.
has on a number of occasions called for the democratic outcome of the Irish referendum to be respected. Shortly after the referendum he said that that any attempt to ignore the results of the Irish poll or in
some manner to attempt to sidestep the verdict of the Irish voters would cause untold damage to the EU. What Mr. De Rossa is proposing is the polar opposite of his party leader’s position”.
De Rossa’s position on the future of the Lisbon Treaty creates a dilemma for the Labour Party and its leader Mr. Gilmore. Who is dictating the Labour Party policy on the Lisbon Treaty, Mr Gilmore and
the members, councillors and Labour parliamentary party or Mr. De Rossa? The
public deserve to know where Labour stands and whether it is prepared to allow itself collaborate in an underhand effort to
overthrow the democratic result of the June 12th referendum”.
Issued 23rd September