Ireland and Lisbon

The No side is moving

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 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.

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  1. I received a comment that included yet again the “bed-time story” that I have already accepted FOUR times on my blog. I think four times is enough.

    The rest of the comment (minus the “bedtime story”) is as follows:


    There is another basis for skepticism towards EU decision making…

    The rules regarding Lisbon Treaty approval
    seems to change as it goes along…
    An Irish No should have seen the ratification process stop in other countries, since the pre-ratification agreement was that agreement should be unanimous. But no….. the ” let’s isolate Ireland” process took its course instead…”

    If you feel you are being denied access to some words of wisdom please scroll back through the comments on this blog.
    Now , to deal with the substantive points: When Ireland voted No, other countries still had the right to express their views on the Lisbon Treaty and it would have been wrong to have denied them that right.
    As to not taking the Irish No for an answer, times have changed since the first vote and assurances have been received on most or all of the points on which people were most concerned last time around. In these circumstances I don’t see a problem in consulting the Irish people again. The voting paper will still have a No option.
    I don’t buy the argument that we should vote No because we said No last time. To cite a cliché “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” The key issue is to decide what is NOW in the best interests of Ireland. I am convinced that on balance a Yes vote is overwhelmingly in Ireland’s best interests at this stage.

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