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Regarding ‘The Irish EU Treaty Referendum’:

Voltaire once said: “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” How can this be possible when less than 10 TDs (MPs) in the Dail (Irish lower chamber) out of 166 are concretely questioning the actual content [of the Lisbon Treaty]? Whatever happened to democratic representation seeing as this weekend’s Red C poll by the Irish Times stated 33% of the population had decided upon a ‘No’ vote?

Each individual needs to make up their own mind on the direction they want the EU to take, but how can the people be aware of all the changes?

With less than three weeks to go, the Irish people are becoming aware of the foreign support towards the ‘No’ and are beginning to wonder why hardly any Irish politicians are on the ‘No’ side and why those who are have not received any publicity.

The European Commission’s website states that Lisbon offers “a stronger voice for citizens”. Nonetheless, Ireland will be the only country to hold a referendum, and therefore on 12 June all 487 million EU citizens will be Irish.

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