Minister for Foreign Affairs dismisses Sinn Fein for trying to mislead the public
The Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin, T.D., today has dismissed remarks by Mary Lou McDonald as “untrue and misleading”.
Minister Martin said:
“Mary Lou’s comments that the Taoiseach “has done little or nothing” to move the situation forward since the Lisbon referendum flies in the face of all the facts. The Government has devoted considerable energy since June to examining both the reasons why people voted as they did and to explore where we go from here.
To this end the Government has commissioned a comprehensive study on why people voted as they did and since the Millard Brown report was finalised in September we have been studying its findings closely. The Government has worked with the other political parties in setting up a special Oireachtas Sub-Committee on Ireland’s future in the European Union to examine the issues that arose during the campaign and how they sit in the broader context of our EU membership. Indeed as Mary Lou is aware, we have facilitated the participation of Sinn Fein on this committee.
Naturally during this period we have been having close and ongoing contact with our EU partners who have been very supportive and understanding throughout. Since the referendum in June, I have discussed the outcome with my counterparts in the Council of Ministers, and with leaders of the European Parliament and the European Commission. The Taoiseach delivered a progress report on the situation in Ireland post-referendum at the European Council of 15 October and the Council agreed to return to the issue of the Lisbon Treaty at its December meeting. Important decisions lie ahead for us, made even more acute by the continuing global economic situation but nothing is to be gained by attempting to mislead the Irish people”.
04 November 2008