06 May 2005

Sinn Féin

Government asks people to sign blank cheque

Published: 6 May, 2005

Sinn Féin European Affairs spokesperson in the Dáil, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, has said the Government's draft constitutional amendments go further than ratifying the EU Constitution and would rule out almost any future referral of fundamental matters of Irish sovereignty to the people. He slammed the Government for providing private advance briefings to Fine Gael and Labour and releasing the proposals to the media before they were placed before the Oireachtas. He said:

"The Fianna Fáil/PD Government will be asking the people to sign a blank cheque to by making these amendments to the Constitution. Not only would this ratify the fundamentally flawed EU Draft Constitution it would also allow the Government to dispense with the need for any future referendum on EU matters.

"The Government wants to over-turn the historic judgement in the case taken by a private citizen, the late Ray Crotty, in 1987 which established the right of the electorate in this State to be consulted about matters of Irish sovereignty as they are effected by the EU.

"The Government has insulted the Oireachtas by providing private briefings to two parties - Fine Gael and Labour who are complicit in the sell-out of Irish sovereignty - and ignoring the other members of the Oireachtas.

"Sinn Féin will oppose these amendments and will defend Irish sovereignty and neutrality."

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