September 1, 2009
On the assumption that this blog is read (?) by people outside Ireland I thought I should say something about recent developments on the No side.
In the referendum last year a group called COIR played a significant part and have now launched their campaign for a No vote in the coming referendum.
According to their website http://www.coircampaign.org/ COIR stands for Life Faith and Freedom among other things.
Their reasons for opposing the Treaty include the claims that it will:
- Bring abortion to Ireland through a future decision of the Court of Justice to the effect that abortion is a right under the Charter of Fundamental Human Rights.
- Be used to reduce the Irish minimum wage to perhaps as low as 1.84 euro an hour, through the Posted Workers Directive – 1.84 euro being allegedly the average minimum wage among a number of accession member states.
- Allow the EU to change our current low corporate taxes.
- Limit Ireland’s right to seek Foreign Direct Investment.
- And so on ….
None of this is correct but it had an effect last time and will have again if not counteracted effectively.
Coir seem to be relatively well financed and plan a poster campaign around the country. One of their posters quotes Commissioner McCreevy – it is a misquote but not very different from what he actually said. See below.
The rest of the posters can be seen on their website.
Author : Jim Murray