Sinn Fein wants Irish EU Constitution referendum to go ahead

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Unusually for a group opposed to the EU Constitution, Irish political party Sinn Fein, which sits in the European Parliament as part of the United Left Group (GUE/NGL), is calling for its country's government to go ahead with a referendum on the proposed EU Constitution. Technically, having been overwhelmingly rejected by the electorates of two member states, the Constitution is dead and buried, but in common with some British opponents, Sinn Fein suspects that it may not yet be quite a-mouldering in its grave. Sinn Fein Westminster MP Conor Murphy, speaking at the party's annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration in Bodenstown last Sunday confirmed this when he criticised what he called the fear of the electorate apparent in the Irish government's decision to postpone the referendum on the EU Constitution to allow for what they call a 'period of reflection'

“This of course is complete nonsense,” said Mr Murphy. “They don?t want a proper debate because that is what happened in France and the Netherlands. What they are really hoping is that the electorate forget that the people of France and the Netherlands came out in record numbers and voted against the Constitution. They are very naïve if they think that will happen.

“It is worth nothing that the French and Dutch did not rush to Brussels to apologise for their countrymen and women 'making a terrible mistake' as happened here in Ireland after the defeat
of the Nice Treaty referendum,” he continued.

Mr Murphy, whose party has won seats in both UK and Irish parliaments, though it refuses to participate at Westminster, concluded by “calling on the Irish government to treat the electorate in this country with the same respect and hold the EU Constitution referendum this autumn. Let's have the debate now. Let the people decide.”