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"…the internal market applies to health services. People can shop around. Opening the market could provide lucrative opportunities for private providers to lure clients". EU Health Commissioner, Markos Kyprianou, 5th September 2006.
Recent decisions by the European Court of Justice, together with pronouncements by the Commission give rise to serious concern regarding the future of public services – including healthcare – in the EU. The legal and judicial bases have now been laid allowing for many areas of healthcare provision to be subjected to the internal market and competition rules. Lisbon fails to reverse these neo-liberal developments. read full story / add a comment
SIPTU is correct the “Shiny trinket” of Fundamental Rights won’t wash
The people of Ireland will not be bullied or conned into selling out 500 million fellow Europeans on the basis of a “shiny trinket” that is the Charter of Fundamental rights. We welcomes SIPTU’s refusal to accept the “trinkets” in Lisbon. read full story / add a comment
dublin / eu / news report Friday May 30, 2008 12:35 by Sean 7 comments (last - sunday june 01, 2008 19:36) 1 image
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national / eu / opinion/analysis Tuesday May 27, 2008 12:11 by Howard Holby 1 comment (last - tuesday may 27, 2008 18:09)
In the former parts of this study it has been demonstrated that the pro-Lisbon European political class has transformed the system considered “parliamentary democracy” into constitutional dictatorship. The parliamentary offices of the elected have become ineffective as democratic institutions and are maintained for a purpose opposite of democracies: to serve the interests of a small political oligarchy.
In this part we examine how a "yes" vote on the Lisbon Treaty and the consequent loss of national sovereignty would determine our future.
Denying the loss of national sovereignty as the main implication of ratifying a treaty that is “to provide the legal basis for consolidating and further developing the Union’s action in the field of economic, social and territorial cohesion” is merely a dishonest act of arbitrarily omitting the appropriate dictionary definition of a given concept. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Sunday May 25, 2008 09:15 by Howard Holby 6 comments (last - saturday may 31, 2008 07:13)
The transformation of democratic rule of law into a law to support an EU-federalist oligarchy is however far from getting the whole picture of Europe’s current and projected political system. In this part we compare the main features of the political system of Ireland known as “parliamentary democracy” with the basic criteria of democracy identified by experts of political theory  by reconciling two complementary widely accepted democracy-indexes: of Polity and Freedom House. After matching the observations of the system in Ireland with the two essential features of parliamentary democracy, which fill the word “democracy” with its actual meaning - meaningful elections and political freedom -, we find that these are converging to a zero value in Ireland under the overwhelming pressure of Lisbon.
(In order to keep one reading unit within a reasonable length we would prefer to post the three parts of the article as separate publications.)
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During the current Lisbon referendum campaign, numerous politicians, business and think-tank leaders and spokespersons have repeatedly asserted that EU Member States, including Ireland, have a veto on whether or not the EU signs up to a WTO free-trade deal on agricultural goods. This is not true. An international free-trade agreement that consists exclusively of agricultural and other ‘manufactured’ goods, cannot be vetoed. It can only be decided on by a ‘qualified majority’ vote by the EU Council of Ministers. Additionally, the automatic veto on free-trade agreements in essential public services, which Member States currently enjoy, is removed under the proposed Lisbon treaty, reports Barry Finnegan.* read full story / add a comment
This is an examination of the Summary that was sent out to many households; it is presented here with additional in-text commentary also from the public domain, clarifying, questioning, and criticising important aspects of the summary guide. read full story / add a comment
One of the main conclusions of our former publication  have been that the referendum on the Lisbon Treaty is in effect new elections in Ireland. The issue of the Lisbon referendum is of even higher relevance than parliamentary elections, because the decision on ratifying the Lisbon Treaty is not merely to elect temporary representatives into the next term of the government and the parliament, but - upon transferring the current powers of the nation state of Ireland to the federal state in Brussels – it is a decision on accepting or rejecting the permanent construction of a new federal government and parliament. Without publicising this fact the ongoing government campaign to promote a ‘yes’ vote on the referendum amounts to the deprivation of the voters of their most fundamental democratic right to meaningful elections. The present study offers further evidence for the above statements by revealing the general erosion of democracy in the countries targeted by the Lisbon process. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Friday May 23, 2008 06:10 by Volteire 1 comment (last - friday may 23, 2008 11:29)
Everything you wanted to know about the Treaty of Lisbon, but were afraid to ask- now in tasty bite-sized morsels. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Thursday May 22, 2008 02:02 by 1916 4 comments (last - friday may 30, 2008 10:13)
Fed up with the party line coming from Iveagh House instead of the Party itself? Try FiannaFail.info read full story / add a comment
A claim by the Labour Party that the No Campaign have misrepresented the position of the European Trade Union Council (ETUC) is entirely false and a distortion of fact. In a statement issue today by Eamon Gilmore TD, the Labour Leader claims that attempts have been made by “Irish opponents of the Treaty to misrepresent the position of the ETUC…”
However, People Before Profit Alliance have today confirmed that the in fact the ETUC have indeed called for a social progress clause to be added to the Lisbon Treaty. In correspondence with the People Before Profit Alliance in recent weeks, the ETUC confirmed that the ETUC had “asked for a social clause and that our affiliates are aware of it.” read full story / add a comment
international / eu / news report Saturday May 17, 2008 12:36 by F.E.M. 2 comments (last - tuesday may 20, 2008 17:43)
Dutch minister Hirsch Ballin wants txt, telephone conversations and emails that people send in the Netherlands and from and to the Netherlands to be kept for 18 months on file instead of the 6 months it is currently kept for. The law on the protection of privacy is outweighed by the need for protection of the state they conclude. The new European law states that the states will have to keep the conversations on file for more than lf a year. Another reason to vote no to the treaty. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Saturday May 17, 2008 11:56 by Howard Holby 12 comments (last - friday may 23, 2008 08:56)
The propaganda recently launched by the government in support of the new federal EU constitution nicknamed as “Lisbon Treaty”, has failed to actually attach the text of the Treaty to their claims on the treaty. The voters of Ireland will be called to submit their votes on an international treaty that is not available for them as of today, less than a month before the referendum. By not providing information on this fact, the current government campaigns to promote a yes vote on the referendum, amounts to the deprivation of the Irish voters of their most fundamental constitutional-democratic right to fair and free elections.
The article includes a web address from where the consolidated version (the actual text) of the Lisbon Treaty can be downloaded.
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national / eu / opinion/analysis Wednesday May 14, 2008 20:00 by jmstipe20 16 comments (last - friday may 23, 2008 15:40)
Statement by Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, President of Republican Sinn Féin to press conference, May 14, Dublin.
Republican Sinn Féin calls for a NO vote to defend sovereignty, neutrality and democracy and defeat the Lisbon Treaty in the coming referendum on June 12.
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national / eu / news report Wednesday May 14, 2008 15:11 by PBPA 12 comments (last - saturday may 17, 2008 16:46) 1 image
A group campaigning against the Lisbon Treaty has claimed that people are being kept ignorant about what is in the treaty.
The People Before Profit Alliance has launched its campaign calling on people to vote No in the upcoming referendum.
The group says it will be distributing thousands of leaflets and canvassing doors in 15 constituencies as part of its campaign.
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national / eu / opinion/analysis Tuesday May 13, 2008 12:33 by Howard Holby 20 comments (last - thursday september 24, 2009 22:44)
In agreement with and/or in addition to the reasons listed by the other NO to Lisbon Treaty campaigns, this article provides a list of the top reasons why a NO vote to the Lisbon Treaty is the reasonable decision.
Everyone - any individual or organisation - is encouraged to forward this document to other individuals, campaigns and organisations, distribute, publish in whole or parts of the article, adapted or unchanged, with or without reference to or acknowledgment of its source. read full story / add a comment
dublin / eu / press release Saturday May 10, 2008 19:54 by PBPA 11 comments (last - tuesday june 10, 2008 11:43) 1 image
People Before Profit Alliance will host 2 public meetings on the Lisbon Treaty in the Dublin South East Area this month read full story / add a comment
In recent days, on various media outlets, the General Secretary of the Civil, Public and services Union, Mr. Blair Horan, has spoken and been quoted in support of the Lisbon Treaty.
On RTE’s Morning Ireland programme on Tuesday, 6th May there was an item broadcast between General Secretary Designate of the TEEU, Mr. Eamon Devoy and Mr. Horan on the treaty where it was reported that the TEEU have called for a NO vote and the CPSU were cited as the union calling for a YES vote from its members. read full story / add a comment
A strategic interest enables your ultimate goal or agenda, and strategies are generalised plans to achieve these goals. A tactic is a specific tool to advance that agenda, using what you actually have right now - not what you think you ought to have. It's unwise for a democrat to confuse long-term strategies with short-term tactics. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Thursday May 01, 2008 02:30 by John Fitz 7 comments (last - thursday june 12, 2008 14:13)
We're told Lisbon is to make the EU efficient. Why then haven't the parliamentarians that want this efficiency reduced their numbers (to about 60 TDs in Ireland) to reflect the fact that two thirds (80% reported for Britain & Germany) of their law-making functions are already transferred to Europe. TDs are rapidly making themselves powerless, redundant, and sidelining democracy and the Constitution. read full story / add a comment
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