Dé Sathairn, Deireadh Fómhair 03, 2009

Donegal refuses to be bullied on Lisbon

Tír Chonaill éirígí spokesperson Micheál Cholm MacGiolla Easbuig has expressed his disappointment at the Lisbon Treaty referendum result. He has, however, congratulated the people of Donegal for refusing to be bullied and for once again rejecting the Treaty, just as they did last year.

MacGiolla Easbuig said: "This result is a bad day for workers, both here in Ireland and throughout the European Union (EU). At the heart of the Lisbon Treaty are the very policies that led this state into the current economic recession which has resulted in unemployment levels sky-rocketing, essential health and education services being slashed and workers living standards plummeting as their wages are cut."

He added: "Contrary to the yes campaigns claims, a yes vote will not create jobs and will not protect workers rights. We will now see a continuation of those failed and discredited neo-liberal capitalist policies that created this economic ruin. Lisbon puts the interests of business above the rights of workers and will accelerate a race to the bottom in terms of workers pay and conditions."

He continued: "The people of Donegal are to be commended once again for refusing to be bullied and for refusing to believe the false propaganda from the yes campaign. This result is a particular blow for an already under pressure Tanaiste Mary Coughlan who has failed once again to get a yes vote in her own constituency."

Commenting on Fine Gael and Labour support for the Treaty, MacGiolla Easbuig said: "Despite these parties' claims to be the 'opposition' and to offer an alternative to Fianna Fáil, this referendum campaign has exposed that lie. By supporting Lisbon they have signed up to supporting more of the very policies that led us into this economic crisis, to mass unemployment, wage reductions and savage cutbacks in health and education. When it comes to the big issues facing the Irish people such as the economy, Fine Gael and Labour have shown that they are no different to Fianna Fáil."

"If Lisbon had been defeated, the Fianna Fáil led administration would have collapsed and NAMA could not have been created. By their support for Lisbon, Fine Gael and Labour have rescued Fianna Fáil and propped up this administration and have now ensured that the bail-out of the banks and developers by NAMA at tax-payers expense will now proceed. The administration's plans to impose savage cutbacks in health, education and social welfare as recommended by the McCarthy report have now also been given the green light by the so-called opposition of Fine Gael and Labour."

He concluded: "As the people of this country cry out for an alternative to Fianna Fáil, the reality is that Fine Gael and Labour have shown themselves clearly to be no alternative to them. Instead they merely offer more of the very same discredited right-wing economic policies, based on greed before need and which puts the rights of big business before the rights and living standards of workers, that led to the recession in the first place."

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