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national / eu / opinion/analysis Thursday June 26, 2008 20:12 by Brian   text 19 comments (last - wednesday september 09, 2009 11:47)
A look at the political thinking of the various groups that campaigned or voted No to Lisbon, with a view to seeing if it was possible for these groups to form a new united Irish opposition movement.
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international / eu / news report Thursday June 26, 2008 16:04 by mind the step   text 4 comments (last - saturday july 12, 2008 02:55)   image 1 image
The EU commissioned Gallup, a very highly regarded polling organisation to dom a flash survey of the Irish electorate just after the Lisbon Treaty referendum. The results were widely released, but what was kept under wraps until today was a question about party support among voters.

Respondents in the telephone survey were asked if they usually supported and/or voted for a particular political party. There was no surprise that Sinn Fein supporters backed the No side overwhelmingly, but senior figures in the Labour Party must be pondering what it means when a majority of their supporters vote against the way the party leadership wants them to.

The Labour Party has yet to decide who will run for the EU Parliament elections next year. This poll will certainly make them think twice about who their candidates are. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Thursday June 26, 2008 14:58 by Howard Holby
Would Mr. Cowen continue to represent the European Commission and the Council against his own people? Or would he finally start acting according to his constitutional obligation to his country and demand that the EU should unconditionally respect the decision of Ireland and immediately stop the ratification of the rejected treaty?

Have the pro-Lisbon leaders considered that living under a dictatorial regime creates such a high uncertainty that first affects the rulers, due to the unpredictability and uncontrollability of the individual ambitions within an uncontrollable regime? Have they considered the possibility that the one-dimensional knowledge of their lawyers launching an operation with tricks and paragraphs against the nations of Europe may have been insufficient to assess the feasibility of the overall plan? Have they considered the very likely option that their Lisbon-scheme would fail when they least expect it? read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Wednesday June 25, 2008 11:22 by Eugene Mc Cartan   text 2 comments (last - sunday june 29, 2008 08:40)
Statement by the National Executive Committee, Communist Party of

21 June 2008

The Lisbon Treaty is dead read full story / add a comment
international / eu / press release Tuesday June 24, 2008 16:11 by Malachy Steenson   text 14 comments (last - thursday june 26, 2008 09:52)
In a statement the Workers Party have called on the AG to move to proctect the sovereign position of the Irish people read full story / add a comment
international / eu / opinion/analysis Tuesday June 24, 2008 12:13 by IshtarCelt   text 8 comments (last - monday june 30, 2008 09:22)
This Referendum had a majority turnout of the electorate. The reason the Nice treaty could be put to a re-vote is because there wasn't a majority turnout.

So the Lisbon treaty can't be put to a re-vote. read full story / add a comment
international / eu / opinion/analysis Sunday June 22, 2008 18:05 by paul o toole   text 2 comments (last - tuesday june 24, 2008 12:45)
The governments 'eventual response' will respect the outcome of the election read full story / add a comment
international / eu / opinion/analysis Friday June 20, 2008 14:36 by O. O'C.   text 36 comments (last - tuesday july 08, 2008 00:01)
* Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Minister Michael Martin give in to Franco-German and EU Commission pressure to permit the remaining Lisbon ratifications to continue, when they could have stopped these by saying that Ireland cannot and will not ratify the Lisbon Treaty, as the Irish people have rejected it.

* The Irish Government lines up with Brussels against the Irish people rather than stands by the people's democratic decision of last week to defend it vis-a-vis Brussels - so as to bring about a 26/1 situation by year's end with which to bludgeon Irish voters in a referendum re-run.

* Talk of "respecting" Ireland's vote turns out in practice to be a cover for setting out to overturn it in a referendum re-run, with Brian Cowen's, Michael Martin's and Dick Roche's full support - and behind a thick barrier of hypocrisy, spoofing and lies. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Thursday June 19, 2008 22:25 by Howard Holby
As we all know by now, the imperial classes of Europe are busy looking for new creative ways to continue to impose the Lisbon Treaty on the member states, regardless of its rejection by Ireland. The very same philosophy that drives them doing so can be captured in the following highlights.
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national / eu / opinion/analysis Wednesday June 18, 2008 20:12 by Ronoc   text 7 comments (last - tuesday december 16, 2008 20:38)   image 1 image
n. pl. de·moc·ra·cies

Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives.
A political or social unit that has such a government.
The common people, considered as the primary source of political power.
Majority rule.
The principles of social equality and respect for the individual within a community.

"Junior Minister Martin Mansergh has suggested that the holding of a referendum on each EU Treaty needed to be looked at" - http://www.rte.ie/news/2008/0618/eulisbon.html read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Wednesday June 18, 2008 19:25 by Sean Clinton   text 1 comment (last - thursday june 19, 2008 20:12)
This morning the Lisbon Campaign for Middle East Justice and Peace sent the following letter to An Taoiseach Mr. Brian Cowen T.D., the Minster for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Michael Martin T.D., leading European Officials and all Irish MEP's to convey our reasons for campaigning for a NO vote in the Treaty of Lisbon referendum.

Despite the fact that Israel killed 58 Palestinian children since the start of 2008 (Palestinian Centre for Human Rights) EU foreign ministers yesterday agreed to strengthen ties with Israel. The EU policy of rewarding Israel, the aggressor, has caused the Irish electorate to loose confidence in the EU's competence to espouse a foreign policy which represents the views of most Irish people, especially in regard to the Israel/Palestine conflict.
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national / eu / opinion/analysis Wednesday June 18, 2008 13:44 by Howard Holby
Ireland has rejected the Lisbon Treaty with a decisive majority and very high turnout, period. Yet, the Commission and the European Council declared the dead Lisbon Treaty still ‘alive’. The fallacious premise the EU has chosen as a basis for continuing to justify the unjustifiable course of Lisbon: “the Treaty has been ratified by 18 states”. The factual premise however is this: 1) The Lisbon Treaty has been rejected by Ireland; 2) The Lisbon Treaty, in its earlier form as the ‘EU Constitution’ [1], had already been rejected by France and Netherlands long before the said 18 countries started to ratify it under a new name. For many of the NO voters one of the main reasons to reject the Lisbon Treaty has been the fact that the Lisbon Treaty is already a dead treaty to begin with.

If the EU insists that Europe’s ‘problems’ can be solved only without the agreement of its 500 million voters and only with a version of Lisbon Treaty - that is the real problem of Europe.
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national / eu / opinion/analysis Tuesday June 17, 2008 16:53 by Zapata
Working Class voted overwhelmingly against the Lisbon treaty. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / news report Tuesday June 17, 2008 16:17 by Micky Joe anarchist   text 3 comments (last - thursday june 19, 2008 08:52)
being on the winning side good news for fishermen. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / news report Tuesday June 17, 2008 16:01 by Willy Joe anarchist
The Irish Farmers Association exposed as a paper tiger read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Tuesday June 17, 2008 14:49 by O. O'C.   text 3 comments (last - wednesday june 18, 2008 13:17)
Nearly seventy seven thousand voters in the South East Counties of Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford voted No in last Thursday’s Referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. Just over sixty seven thousand voted Yes. Yet already a process is under way to try to overturn the democratically expressed majority will of the people of this region and of the rest of the State. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Friday June 13, 2008 19:54 by Des Dalton   text 7 comments (last - saturday june 21, 2008 18:35)
Republican Sinn Fein Vice President Des Dalton says the no vote is a rejection of an EU superstate. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Friday June 13, 2008 19:05 by No! 2 Lisbon   text 2 comments (last - saturday june 14, 2008 15:50)
It has indeed been a Friday the 13th the yes campaigners would rather forget. A resounding No! 2 Lisbon was the result, with a comfortable 110,000 votes ahead and a margin of 53.4% to 46.6%.

A considerable achievement considering the profile of those calling on support for the Lisbon Treaty. Sinn Féin was the only major party to call for a No! vote.

Sinn Féin and their youth wing Ógra Shinn Féin have continuously said that a better deal could be negotiated for Ireland in Europe, and as a result have campaigned and canvassed for a no vote.
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international / eu / press release Friday June 13, 2008 16:09 by O. O'C.
Foreign Minister Michael Martin and other Irish Euro-federalists are already planning to subvert the Lisbon Treaty referendum result by urging the other EU States to continue with their ratification process instead of telling them that Ireland cannot ratify the Lisbon Treaty as it stands, and that further ratifications elsewhere are therefore pointless, and the Treaty must be reopened. read full story / add a comment
international / eu / feature Friday June 13, 2008 13:36 by paul o toole   text 184 comments (last - thursday august 28, 2008 15:36)   image 46 images   1 attached file
Ballots are being counted around the country and early indications show that the majority of those who voted have rejected the reformed constitution known as the Lisbon Treaty. Follow Indymedia's contributors reports and analysis here. Add your own. First Tally on Lisbon in Berties Constituency -60/40 against First tally...60%-NO 40%YES. read full story / add a comment
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