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Tired of spin-cycles, hard-sells, scare-tactics, red-herrings and guilt-trips? Try our New and Improved "EUmatters.info" for your straight information and hard facts on the EU and Lisbon Treaty. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / feature Tuesday June 23, 2009 23:48 by O. O'C. 23 comments (last - monday july 06, 2009 19:13) 1 image
EU politicians cannot change the treaties, or their effects, just by signing a new agreement: the Court of Justice will always say that the provisions of a fully ratified European Treaty trump any attempt to modify the operation of the Treaty through an unratified agreement. read full story / add a comment
sligo / eu / press release Tuesday June 23, 2009 20:42 by Sligo leftie 11 comments (last - sunday july 05, 2009 14:54)
Sligo éirígí activist Gerry Casey has condemned the decision by Brian Cowen’s administration to hold a re-run of the Lisbon Treaty referendum, which was democratically rejected last year. read full story / add a comment
Supposed ‘hard fight’ to secure guarantees on Lisbon Treaty: a clever tactic to mislead says McKenna
Not one single word of the Lisbon Treaty will be altered by these guarantees, which is why they do not need to be ratified by the National Parliaments of the 27 Member States. The so called ‘legal guarantees’ are nothing more than an interpretation by EU Heads of State as to what they think the Lisbon Treaty means. However, if the Lisbon Treaty comes into force, it will be the EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg which will interpret Lisbon. The EU Court is the only body authorised under the European Treaties to interpret the Treaties themselves and decide how they should be applied. The political decision and agreement of a particular group of EU Prime Ministers and Presidents, which is what we are being presented with, cannot and will not decide what Lisbon means. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / feature Sunday June 21, 2009 07:19 by Joe Higgins MEP 33 comments (last - wednesday july 01, 2009 16:55) 3 images 3 video files
Joe Higgins MEP on why he'll be campaigning against the rerun of the Lisbon Treaty and how this provides a real challenge and opportunity for the left.
Less than two weeks after the Euro Election campaign a Euro related charade is about to be visited on the Irish people. We are now being told that the FiannaFail/Green Party Coalition Government will present us with the Lisbon Treaty for a vote in late September or early October as soon as the EU Heads of State agree ‘legal guarantees’ apparently clarifying what the Treaty really means.
Lest anybody forgot, we voted on this Treaty in June of last year and by a convincing majority the Irish electorate rejected it. However, that did not please the Euro elite which was shocked at our insolence in daring to take a view different to what it has determined in our interests. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Thursday June 18, 2009 11:11 by Sean Clinton 2 comments (last - friday september 04, 2009 09:57)
The Irish Friends of Palestine Against Lisbon (IFPAL) wish to draw attention to Section C of the list of Assurances the Irish government wishes its EU partners to endorse. read full story / add a comment
The head of the EU’s department of health has failed to respond to a request by concerned residents of Ireland, both North and South, for a meeting to discuss the proliferation of communications masts and the proposed installation of the Tetra system currently being rolled out by An Garda Shiocha and WiMax in use at NUI Maynooth. read full story / add a comment
international / eu / feature Friday May 29, 2009 20:57 by Joe Higgins 8 comments (last - tuesday june 16, 2009 23:03) 2 images
It was inevitable that the economic catastrophe caused by Fianna Fáil’s economic policies would dominate, almost exclusively, the Euro Election Campaign so far. However, it is also vital that we focus on some vital issues pertaining to the future direction of the European Union. It is quite deplorable that the guarantees that the Government says it will have from the EU with regard to the Lisbon Treaty have not been published so that they could be debated during the current campaign. However when it comes to the thrust toward militarisation of the EU firmly implanted in the Lisbon Treaty, no guarantees can change what are very categorical dictates to Member States.
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international / eu / opinion/analysis Saturday April 25, 2009 23:25 by Abdullah Elneihum 13 comments (last - wednesday april 29, 2009 14:34)
Investigating the European Union's decision on building a European trade agreement with a country that reportedly severely abuses the most basic of human rights of another nation of people. read full story / add a comment
While European Commission President José Manuel Barroso is concerned that the Lisbon Treaty has fallen hostage to "domestic problems" in the Czech Republic, humanist Jan Tamáš spoke at the recent NATO counter-summit to outline the NATO-related defence issues that undermined the government.
The Lisbon Treaty now faces a stormy course to approval. read full story / add a comment
Charity concert at Think Tank with Italian Rock band ‘The Sound Of Soul’
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national / eu / opinion/analysis Wednesday April 15, 2009 13:44 by Richard Whelan 25 comments (last - wednesday june 11, 2014 21:48)
The Lisbon Treaty was rejected by Irish voters last year, amidst the backdrop of an inept Government, a No campaign run by vested interests and a general level of ignorance as regards content of the Treaty. These are the reasons why we should vote Yes, why we shouldn't trust No campaigners and how the Lisbon Treaty is our ticket to a more transparent and democratic Europe, with Ireland at the centre of a stronger EU. read full story / add a comment
international / eu / opinion/analysis Friday March 27, 2009 18:27 by Ronoc 1 comment (last - friday march 27, 2009 19:03)
After being rejected by France and Holland, then renamed to take them out of the equation, then rejected by the Irish. When is the 2nd round taking place for Ireland? Makes me wonder alot why they are trying so hard to push this treaty without listening to the people??? read full story / add a comment
Leading a group of dairy farmers from all over Ireland in a protest/occupation of the EU Commission's offices in Dawson Street, the President of ICMSA, Jackie Cahill, said that the dairy policy being operated by the EU has actually reduced Europe's to producing milk below the cost of production and left farmers with no income at precisely the same time as they are having to re-pay loans taken out to comply with the massive demands made by EU Nitrates Regulations. Mr Cahill said that the EU dairy policy was now inflicting long term, structural damage on Ireland's dairy industry and the wider agri-food sector so vital in any co-ordinated attempt to re-build our exporting sector.
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national / eu / press release Friday February 27, 2009 08:21 by Frank 1 comment (last - friday february 27, 2009 17:45)
Fundamental Change Is Needed read full story / add a comment
The Campaign Against the EU Constitution has conducted research to show that RTE's coverage of the Lisbon treaty was unbalenced in favour of the Yes Side. read full story / add a comment
dublin / eu / news report Thursday February 19, 2009 20:48 by Feminist Open Forum 3 comments (last - sunday february 22, 2009 21:30) 1 video file
Useful activist and information video on the consequences of a possible re-run of the Lisbon Treaty, by Susan George author activist and campaigner for the interests of Civil Society. read full story / add a comment
This article is an attempt to articulate a view that our EU, and particularly Monetary Union, membership has not been beneficial - and in fact ruinous - with respect to the current economic crisis. It is hoped by this to answer some of the criticisms of the Lisbon No campaign from commentators who claim that the opposite is the case (1).
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national / eu / press release Sunday January 11, 2009 13:36 by Kevin Murphy 10 comments (last - monday june 01, 2009 23:11) 2 images 1 video file
The National Chairperson of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement Francie Mackey has again highlighted and praised the efforts of all republican , socialist and progressive groups for their contribution to the temporary defeat of the EU Treaty in last Years referendum . However the apparent refusal of the national and intrnational capitalist elites to accept that popular decision and the increasing likelihood of their pushing ahead with a second referendum on the same Treaty in the upcoming year leaves all of us who opposed the Treaty on the grounds of national sovereignty , neutrality and principled socialist concerns with a common purpose . How best to defend Irish democracy and sovereignty from the undemocratic and arrogant mindsets of the powerful who regard such notions as an obstacle to their preferred political , economic and military order ? read full story / add a comment
The relentless drive to agglomerate control within a revamped European Union has lost none of its force, despite being pronounced clinically dead by the Irish people on June 12th in a referendum it's government could not avoid hosting. Dead set on simply ignoring the will of the people as demonstrated clearly in resounding No votes in France, Holland and Ireland, the Eurocracy continues to scheme hell-bent on manipulating its desired outcome.
June 12th was a victory of the people over profit, but the battle has only just begun. Will democracy prevail? Or will that historic 'No' vote prove to be democracy's last gasp? Make no mistake: whatever you understand 'democracy' to be, it is at stake here.
But here's the rub: there are some amongst us who invert 'democracy' and all nominally social ideals into their corrupted opposites. Why is that? Are we not all singing from the same hymn-sheet? Apparently not... read full story / add a comment
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