Gilmore says Treaty will strengthen rights

Tuesday 13 May 2008 10.26
Eamon Gilmore - Treaty provides greater EU accountability
Eamon Gilmore - Treaty provides greater EU accountability

The Lisbon Treaty will strengthen individual rights and those of Irish citizens at home, Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore has said.

Speaking at the launch of the party's campaign for a Yes vote, Mr Gilmore said the treaty provided for greater openness and accountability to European decision-making.

It provided, for the first time, a clear legal basis for European laws to protect public services, he added.

Mr Gilmore cautioned that support for the treaty should not be taken for granted.

Labour will spend €200,000 on a nationwide campaign including leaflets and outdoor billboards.

Meanwhile Sinn Féin has said the No campaign in the Lisbon Treaty referendum is not a lost cause.

MEP Mary Lou McDonald said Sinn Féin will intensify its campaign against the Treaty over the coming weeks.

She was responding to today's Red C poll in The Sunday Business Post, showing a 10% lead for supporters of the Treaty.

The poll reveals a shift back to the Yes side in the past two weeks, with support up three points at 38%.

Support for the No camp is at 28%, down three points.

Just over one third of voters remain undecided. 

A fortnight ago, the Yes lead was 4%, but this latest poll puts it at 10%.

Yesterday, the Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, said that securing a Yes vote is the priority for his Government.