[Sinn Fein]

19th July 2002

Government White Paper part of `con job' on electorate

Sinn Fein spokesperson on European Affairs, Aengus Ó Snodaigh labeled the publication of today's White Paper on the Treaty of Nice as ``part of the government's continued con job to get this referendum passed''.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

``By publishing this White Paper today Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen are attempting to hoodwink the electorate in to thinking that there is a new Nice treaty before them. It's just another cynical step in the government's continued con job aimed at overturning the will of the people.

``Nothing has changed nor can it have changed in the Treaty of Nice since the last referendum. The government is being absolutely dishonest on this matter and the people should not allow themselves to be fooled.''

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