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MacLochlainn to head up Treaty campaign 01.02.08

BUNCRANA-based Councillor Pádraig MacLochlainn will be confirmed next week as the Sinn Féin campaign director for the Lisbon Treaty referendum.
He will be appointed to the role on Tuesday when the party launches its treaty campaign at Buswell's Hotel, Dublin.
Speaking ahead of the launch, Colr MacLochlainn said: "I am really excited about this challenge. Already it is clear to me, from party meetings that I have attended across the country in recent months, that our grassroots members and supporters are really up for this campaign.
"Our party feel strongly that this treaty is not a good deal for Ireland and on the basis of that, we will fight a confident campaign backed up by the facts and mature and reasoned debate."
Sinn Féin is expected to be the only larger party in the country campaigning for a no vote in the referendum.
"As a party with two MEPS, we clearly believe that Ireland's place is within the European Union. There is no denying the many benefits that have come to Ireland as a result of our membership but moves towards greater integration are simply not in this country's interest," added Cllr. MacLochlainn.
"The Lisbon Treaty will involve the most substantial transfer of powers from member states to the European Council and Commission to date with 105 new powers. The influence of smaller states will be reduced as the dominance of the larger states is consolidated."
Sinn Féin also believes militarisation of the EU will be accelerated and an economic agenda based on a "race to the bottom" for wages and workers' rights will be greatly advanced.
"At EU level we see the incremental development of an EU Army, in all but name and at home the use of Shannon Airport by US troops on their way to wage war in Iraq," added Cllr. MacLochlainn.
"Much has been made by proponents of the Lisbon Treaty that its core rationale is the need to end the deadlock of administering an enlarged EU and its supporting institutions.
"This is simply not true. Many who work within the European Union apparatus argue that it has never worked more efficiently. But whatever your view on the institutions efficiency it simply does not make sense that increased militarism, liberalisation and centralisation will somehow make the EU work better in the interests of ordinary people."
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