[Sinn Fein]

28 May 2001

Adams raises Nice Treaty during Cork visit

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP will be visiting Cork this evening prior to taking part in tonight's Questions and Answers programme on RTE. Mr. Adams will meet with party activists at Cork City Hall at 7.30pm where he will emphasise the need for all Sinn Fein members to take the Treaty of Nice campaign to doorsteps the length and breath of the country.  While at City Hall Mr. Adams will also offer his support to the Householders Against Service Charges who will be protesting against the recent imprisonment of anti-service charges campaigners.

Speaking on the Treaty of Nice referendum Mr Adams said:

``The government continues to try and turn this referendum into a debate about enlargement. But this Treaty is not primarily about enlargement.  It is a phoney argument and highlights an appalling lack of respect for and arrogance towards the electorate.

``We are not against enlargement of the EU and a NO vote will not prevent enlargement.  Even Justice Finlay, Chairperson of the Referendum Commission has pointed out that the governments own amendment to the Constitution `makes no reference to the enlargement of the EU'.

``Our task is to democratise the EU, no matter how many join. Nice actually makes it less democratic. That is bad for citizens of current member states and for citizens of applicant states.''ENDS

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