Tuesday, 4 March 2008


Responding to News that Irish MEP Proinsias De Rossa joined a large majority of MEPs in voting to reject a motion that committed the EU to ‘respecting the outcome of the referendum in Ireland’, Libertas President Declan J. Ganley issued the following statement:

‘Today’s vote is absolute confirmation that the EU Parliament is committed to ignoring the will of the people.

By a majority of 499-129, the Parliament has sent a message to the Irish people to say ‘we don’t care what you think’.

I condemn Proinsias De Rossa absolutely for this vote, and I urge him to give an explanation to the people who elected him.

This Treaty is designed to remove as much power from the people as possible, and today’s vote confirms the mindset behind it.

With this treaty, we will get a President and a Foreign and Defence Minister of Europe unaccountable to us at the ballot box. We will get a Europe that has power over Irelands Foreign Direct Investment policy, and can hamstring the valuable work of the IDA.

This Treaty is bad for our economy because Europe isn’t simply an economic partner, its an economic competitor as well. We need to be able to set ourselves apart economically, – that power is what has made us so successful, and this treaty removes that power.

Proinsias De Rossa’s actions today were disgraceful, and I condemn them, but at the same time, I welcome the fact that the mask, at last, has slipped’.

This article first appeared on Libertas.org