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02 / 10 / 2009 - Dana Urges NO vote in Lisbon Treaty Referendum
Former MEP and leading pro-life advocate, Dana Rosemary Scallon, has said that people should not be afraid to vote No to Lisbon. “The people must know the truth, that the guarantees are worthless and that the EU will have primacy over Irelands Constitution. Lisbon is not about tidying up the democratic process - it is about tying up the democratic process,” she said.
“I cannot be bought. I have always told the truth about what I saw happening in Europe, especially when it threatened our Constitution and our democratic rights as citizens of Ireland. I have no axe to grind, I am not seeking political office and as I don't run a budget airline I don't have to tread carefully and change my mind for the sake of a few euros,” she continued.
“During my time in office from 1999-2004, the building of an EU Constitution and the move towards and EU Superstate was clearly set out. I stated this in public many times and urged our political leaders and public representatives to uphold our Irish Constitution - they all refused to do so,” the former Independent MEP revealed.
“We have already rejected this Lisbon Treaty and in response our political leaders apologised to Brussels.
“The Lisbon Treaty will give the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights primacy and a legally binding status. The fact is that in the case of conflict, between the rights contained in the EU Charter and those rights contained in our Irish constitution, the Lisbon Treaty will give the final say to the EU Court of Justice over our Irish Supreme Court,” said Dana.
“Voting NO will protect Ireland's Constitution in matters such as the definition and protection of the family; children's rights; parent's rights; the protection of life and the child embryo; the right to a fair trial; the right to strike etc. Any so called 'guarantees' and protection of our Irish Constitutional position on these points, are not part of the Lisbon Treaty, they therefore have no legal weight what-so-ever and cannot be relied upon. They are, as we have been told many times, worthless,” she added.