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international / eu / opinion/analysis Tuesday December 30, 2008 14:18 by Niall
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
national / eu / opinion/analysis Wednesday December 24, 2008 20:26 by Anthony Coughlan   text 7 comments (last - tuesday september 22, 2009 20:17)
The letter below was sent recently today to all Irish Deputies (MPs) and Senators in connection with the proposal to re-run the Lisbon Referendum in order to get a different result.

It is accompanied by copies of the two submissions made to the Oireachtas (the Irish National Parliament) Sub-Committee on Ireland's Future in the EU by Anthony Coughlan on behalf of the National Platform Research and Information Centre, of which Coughlan is Secretary. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Friday December 12, 2008 01:22 by O. O'C.   text 7 comments (last - thursday may 28, 2009 22:31)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
...Taoiseach Brian Cowen's hypocrisy in pretending to "respect" the people's referendum vote on Lisbon is now evident, for not a jot or tittle of Lisbon will be altered when he forces the people to vote on it a second time next year... read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Thursday December 11, 2008 22:57 by Eugene Mc Cartan

The last vestiges of Fianna Fail and this ramshackle coalition government pretense of "listening" to the people and protecting the vital interest of the Irish people and the sovereignty of our country have finally been exposed. For Fianna Fail to declare that they have secure the concerns of the Irish people by a few meaningless declarations is nothing but a sham. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Thursday December 11, 2008 15:05 by Richard Walsh   text 2 comments (last - saturday december 13, 2008 10:36)
RSF have condemned the subversive activities of the Dublin Administration in demanding a 'Yes' vote. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Saturday December 06, 2008 22:53 by Darragh Aiken   text 1 comment (last - monday december 08, 2008 12:53)
Much has been said over the Lisbon Treaty and the future direction of Europe under the heel of the emerging “European Soviet” (Reference to the EU by M. Gorbachev, London 2001). Yet there is little in the way of real debate on the more informative topics of nationhood, sovereignty and “que bono” (who benefits). This article sets out to stimulate such questions. The text of an informative Lecture called “The State of Individuals” by one of Americas most worthy Political Historians is provided for discussion. read full story / add a comment
international / eu / news report Saturday December 06, 2008 20:42 by O. O'C.   text 3 comments (last - friday december 12, 2008 22:15)
Brian Crowley MEP: With all respect, Mr. President, you will not tell me what the Irish think. As an Irishman, I know it best.
President Vaclav Klaus: I do not speculate about what the Irish think. I state the only measurable data which were proved by the referendum...
... If Mr. Crowley speaks of an insult to the Irish people, then I must say that the biggest insult to the Irish people is not to accept the result of the Irish referendum. In Ireland I met somebody who represents a majority in his country. You, Mr. Crowley, represent a view which is in minority in Ireland. That is a tangible result of the referendum. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Thursday November 27, 2008 17:39 by Richard Walsh   text 2 comments (last - saturday november 29, 2008 23:57)
The findings of the sub-committee charged with reviewing the future of the 26-County State within the EU is clearly designed to pave the way for a second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, a spokesperson for Republican Sinn Féin said. read full story / add a comment
international / eu / opinion/analysis Wednesday November 26, 2008 12:27 by Andy Storey   text 2 comments (last - friday november 28, 2008 00:43)   1 attached file
This article looks at the EU intervention in Chad and argues that it is driven by the desire of the French government to shore up a dictator. The EU operation, which includes some 400 Irish troops, is essentially a fig leaf for the promotion of the foreign policy interests of the French state. The mainstream media ignores the geopolitical realities of this and other such interventions in Africa and thus ignores the potential negative consequences - for both Africans and Europeans. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Monday September 01, 2008 22:57 by O. O'C.
The Oireachtas voted the Commission over €5 million to enable it do its job of informing citizens what the Lisbon referendum was about. Rarely can public money have been spent to such ill effect. The Commission spent €2.7 on media advertising. It paid An Post €1 million to deliver 2.2 million information handbooks to households. In the circumstances it was a democratic miracle that the majority of Irish voters rejected the proposal to amend the Irish Constitution. If the Commission had done the job it was statutorily required to do, the No-side majority would almost certainly have been much larger, for people would have learned of the constitutional revolution which Lisbon proposed, instead of being kept in ignorance of it. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Monday August 25, 2008 14:01 by Henk Ruyssenaars - Foreign correspondent   text 2 comments (last - wednesday july 29, 2009 01:39)
The EU 'presidents' and prime ministers keep betraying the 490 million people in the 27 EU countries. To avoid another defeat, the managers of the EU decided not to hold any referenda at all, but the referendum in Ireland could not be avoided. The Irish European Affairs minister Roche however, said the Irish had to vote in another referendum. Until they vote Yes? read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Friday August 08, 2008 20:19 by Richard Walsh
RSF have suggested that the flying of the Union flag in the 26-Counties may be linked to M. Sarkozy's comments... read full story / add a comment
national / eu / news report Monday July 21, 2008 23:56 by Paula Geraghty   text 15 comments (last - sunday august 03, 2008 16:55)   image 33 images   video 2 video files
Anti Globalisation protestors took to Government buildings to highlight the WTO impact on Irish farming, workers and human rights and fisheries. Each group was divided and coralled into three different sections in a state move to institutionalise supposed differences in those who articulated a NON in the Lisbon Treaty referendum. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / news report Monday July 21, 2008 21:14 by Des Dalton   text 6 comments (last - wednesday july 23, 2008 13:34)
Republican Sinn Fein Vice President Des Dalton outlines RSF's opposition to the visit of French President Nicolas Sarkozy. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / news report Thursday July 10, 2008 12:24 by Seán Mac Brádaigh   text 2 comments (last - thursday july 10, 2008 18:58)
éirígí have produced a video on the campaign against the Lisbon Treaty and their contribution to it. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / news report Wednesday July 09, 2008 16:12 by liz c   text 1 comment (last - wednesday july 09, 2008 19:53)
Now in the aftermath of a No vote the real reasons for the treaty are increasingly being made public despite the difficulty in getting these topics on the agenda even now as the Irish government 'reflects'. The rejection of the treaty has caused a headache for those politicians who favour EU unification, a unified EU military and further free trade liberalization. The French presidency is attempting to push through as much as possible on militarisation without full ratification. Apparently it was true that french white papers on defence were held over until after our referendum. Little good it did them. One of Sarkozy's problems is that military action undertaken by sub-groups of EU states without the need of agreement from all states has been scuppered by the Irish No as 'Structured co-operation' in Article 48 would have allowed for this and an EU military budget but Nice does not. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Sunday July 06, 2008 17:54 by Howard Holby
The EU’s plan to keep the illegal Lisbon Treaty ‘legal’ (=’alive’) has so far enjoyed the full support of the Irish Government and recently entered the stage where it turned out that “We didn’t need full vote on Lisbon: FG”

This essentially means that the Government is considering the option to finally discard the referendum NO, and to effectively overthrow the Constitution of Ireland by ratifying a new constitution, the Lisbon Treaty, on behalf of the people of Ireland.
“The official decision on Lisbon should enter into legal force + comments”

1. The plan to keep the illegal Lisbon Treaty ‘legal’
2. What the poll results really reveal
3. Democracy: luxury or obligation? read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Thursday July 03, 2008 14:01 by Howard Holby   text 28 comments (last - thursday july 10, 2008 21:32)
So far Ireland has been the only one of the 27 EU-states to demonstrate an independent court decision in favour of democracy and the rule of law [1, 2]. In the new situation brought about by the EU-leaders’ rejection of Ireland’s decision [3, 4, 5], Ireland is again tested as the last fortress of democracy within the EU. This test is on whether the official decision on Lisbon arrived at on June 12, 2008 would enter into force, or the constitutional foundations of Ireland, similarly to the other 26 states, would be bent or circumvented to serve the interests of foreign political forces [2]?

The questions and the proposition of this article are meant to provide a starting point for further legal considerations, building on the assumption that an independent court still exists to protect the constitution, the rule of law and democracy in Ireland. read full story / add a comment
international / eu / press release Wednesday July 02, 2008 10:34 by José Antonio Gutiérrez
Since September 2007, the CAN, integrated by Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, and the EU, have been negotiating an Association Agreement, consisting in three pillars: Cooperation, Political Dialogue and Trade.
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national / eu / opinion/analysis Wednesday July 02, 2008 09:05 by Howard Holby   text 1 comment (last - wednesday july 02, 2008 10:25)
How much legitimacy can Mr. Sarkozy assume in a non-existent role called ‘EU President’, under the current conditions, when the Lisbon Treaty meant to create such presidency has already been legally rejected, and the overall implementation process should have been revoked by now [1, 2]? How much legitimacy can be assumed for a politician who openly contradicted the decision of his own electorate [3, 4, 5] in order to seize power over the rest of the half billion who have never been and never will be his electorate [6]? How much credibility can be granted to a ‘president’ who helped organising the scheme [5] to suppress the opinion of the rest of Europe thus prevented the democratic constitutionalisation process in the region he is supposedly the ‘president’ of? read full story / add a comment
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