The President of the Workers
Party, Michael Finnegan, this afternoon described the formula produced by the EU Summit in relation to the Lisbon Treaty as
a “political placebo – a meaningless and ineffectual fig-leaf to give the Irish government cover for putting exactly
the same treaty before the Irish people in the Autumn that they had resoundingly rejected a mere 12 months ago”.
Mr. Finnegan said
that the government, with the connivance of the pro-Lisbon media, had contrived to create the impression of a crisis EU summit
where major concessions had been given to Ireland in key
areas of the Lisbon Treaty when the reality was that there were no concessions, merely a well choreographed sideshow.
that the Lisbon Treaty remains utterly unchanged from the document signed by the EU heads of state two years ago at Lisbon is crystal clear from the fact that the document ratified
without a vote of other EU countries is not being altered one iota. If this were
a product being sold in the shops anywhere in the European Union its manufacturers could be prosecuted under EU consumer laws”,
said Michael Finnegan.
The Workers Party
President accused Taoiseach Brian Cowen of being totally disingenuous in trying to link the current economic crisis to Lisbon. “The
Taoiseach wants to have it every way. When trying to deflect the flak of his
government’s handling of the economy and the banking bailout he says it is a worldwide economic crisis affecting every
country but then he speaks out the other side of his mouth claiming that the failure to endorse Lisbon here is responsible for the economy’s woes. He is convincing
nobody on that one”, said Mr. Finnegan.
Issued 19th June