For those of you interested, here is a link to the Fiscal Compact Treaty, which we shall be voting upon in a referendum in the next few months.
It’s actually a much more readable document than any of the EU Treaties which have been put before us.
The Green Party will be holding a special convention to decide our position, once we know the date of the referendum.
Now that we know that a referendum will happen in the next few months, I have written to the Fingal County Manager, asking him to place a link to the text of the Fiscal Compact Treaty on the Fingal County Council website.
In previous referenda on Europe, public understanding of the issues involved has been hampered by a lack of information and the complexity of the Treaties. On this occasion, the Fiscal Compact Treaty is a short and reasonably readable document. While a referendum commission will be set up to aid in the public information campaign, this does not usually operate until the 3-4 weeks of the actual campaign. I am eager to see the Irish public having access to the information prior to this, to allow them real time for consideration.
As the Fingal County Council website is one that is significantly used by residents across the Dublin West and Dublin North constituencies, I am requesting that a link to the text is placed on the website. This would allow the document be immediately accessed by thousands of voters, at no expense.
Fingal County Council has a deserved reputation for innovation. I would strongly encourage the County Manager to support and implement this small measure, which has the potential to allow thousands of voters properly inform themselves about the Fiscal Compact Treaty. I will be putting up a similar link on this website and my Facebook page.
Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman and Green Party Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Sen. Mark Dearey, have met with members of the Bosnian community, based in Dublin 15, to discuss Ireland’s vote on the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between Serbia and the European Union.
“I recently arranged a meeting between the Green Party Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Sen. Mark Dearey and a delegation from the Bosnian Community, based in Dublin 15. The key issue for discussion was Irelands position on the Stability and Association Agreement that Serbia is currently negotiating with the European Union”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
“Serbia is currently in talks with the EU about joining, and a vital step in this process is signing a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA). A condition for Serbia being allowed this far in the accession process is that the country is in full cooperation with the War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. That means handing over the last two wanted war criminals from the war in Bosnia, Ratko Mladic and Goran Hadzic. However, the Chief Prosecutor of the War Crimes Tribunal, Serge Brammertz, has stated clearly that ‘Serbia’s cooperation with the tribunal is not full’”.
“Dublin 15 has a sizeable Bosnian Community, made us of persons who fled the country during the war between 1992 – 1995. There is huge concern that Serbia will be allowed sign the SAA while not fully cooperating in the arrest of the two remaining war criminals, Mladic and Hadzic. I believe that it is absolutely essential that pressure is placed on Serbia to ensure that these men are brought to justice. I have called on the Irish Government to refuse to support the Agreement until the War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia is satisfied Mladic and Hadzic will be handed over”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.
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Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman, has welcomed the decisive Yes vote in the Lisbon Referendum.
“I’m absolutely delighted that the Lisbon Treaty was passed by such a wide margin across the country, and particularly here in Dublin West. Over the last 3 months I’ve been going around the country speaking at meetings and highlighting the important aspects of the Treaty. Throughout the campaign, I found that when you engaged with people and separated the facts from the lies, most were agreed that it was a good deal, both for Ireland and for Europe”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
“Passing Lisbon will have a major impact on how the EU tackles environmental problems. The Treaty articles on energy efficiency and renewables will greatly help Europe achieve a reduction in our carbon emissions”.
“Aspects of Lisbon will significantly enhance democratic structures within the EU. I urge the European Commission to swiftly enact legislation to allow the Citizens Initiative, whereby one million European citizens can come to ask for a law in a particular area, to begin operation. It is also vital that the Oireachtas’s European Affairs Committee improves its means of working in order to avail of the new powers given to national parliaments through the Lisbon Treaty”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.
Green Party Dublin West representative Roderic O’Gorman has condemned as lies, posters put up by the anti-Lisbon organisation COIR about the minimum wage.
“Over the last few days, the anti-Lisbon organisation COIR has been putting up posters around Dublin 15 stating that if Lisbon is passed, the minimum wage will become €1.84. As someone who lectures in European Union law, I can say that this claim is completely and utterly false”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
“I’ve run in 3 separate elections over the last five years. While I often strongly disagree with the policies of some of my opponents, I have always tried to maintain a respectful tone in debates with them. As such, I don’t go throwing a word like ‘liar’ around lightly. However, what COIR is saying about the minimum wage and Lisbon is a complete lie, and they need to be called out on it”.
“The decision on whether or not we vote in favour of the Lisbon Treaty is one that is hugely important for this country and the European Union. There is no place for people who are prepared to lie to the general public in this debate”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.
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Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman has welcomed the decision of the Green Party to campaign in favour of the Lisbon Treaty in the referendum to be held on the 2nd October.
“I’m delighted that the Green Party will be campaigning in favour of the Lisbon Treaty in the forthcoming referendum. We had a detailed and passionate debate on the issues and in the end the party members voted by 66.66% to support the Yes campaign. As someone who lectures EU law, I strongly believe that the Lisbon Treaty significantly improves both the range of issues that the EU can deal with and the way in which it conducts its own business”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
“If Lisbon is ratified, the EU will be given the power to co-ordinate energy policy across the Member States. Not only will this be essential in the fight against climate change, but it will also increase our energy security at a time when oil and gas are getting more scarce and more expensive”.
“Some of the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty include new steps to control the EU’s powers. Lisbon will give legal effect to the Charter of Fundamental Rights. This document sets out a range of rights that we enjoy as European citizens. All directives and regulations that come from the European Union will in future have to comply with these rights. Further, Lisbon gives national parliaments the opportunity to team up and police the EU Commission to make sure it is not passing laws in areas that should be the responsibility of the Member States”.
“I look forward to discussing these and other issues with residents of Dublin 15 during the referendum campaign”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.
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Green Party European Election candidate, Sen. Deirdre De Burca and Roderic O'Gorman
I attended Sen. Deirdre De Burca’s campaign launch for the Euro Elections last night in the Science Gallery in Trinity. A really enjoyable evening.
Deirdre has created a fantastic website – www.whatistandfor.ie . This contains a number of Youtube videos in which she sets out the key issues upon which she is campaigning – green jobs for Dublin, more democracy within the European Parliament etc.
A key element of the website is that people can upload their own views on what they believe is important. I know a key concern of Deirdre’s is how detached the public are from politics at the European level. This is why she wants to create a conversation (terrible cliché but its genuine here!) about what voters in Dublin would like to see their MEP doing.
The website is also integrated with Facebook, Twitter, Flicker and Myspace. I’m pretty proud of this site but I think Deirdre’s sets a whole new level in the Irish context.
I am Deirdre’s first substitute candidate for the Euro-Elections. That means that if Deirdre gets elected and something happens that means she can’t continue being an MEP, I would replace her. This has led to a lot of joking along the lines of if she does win the seat in Dublin, she should never let me walk behind her down a stairs!!
I’ve known Deirdre for a long time and she has always been hugely interested and knowledgeable about European issues. At a time when a large amount of our national laws originate through the European Union, I believe she will be a hardworking representative for the people of Dublin and I urge you to give her your No 1. vote in the European Elections on 5th June
Green Party Castleknock ward candidate, Roderic O’Gorman, has welcomed the EU wide ban on the importation and sale of dog and cat fur which came into effect on the 31st December, 2008.
“It isn’t widely known, but each year over 2 million domestic dogs and cats are killed in China and other Asian countries and their fur is used in the fashion industry – often as the lining or the trim for clothes that end up being sold in European shops. The methods of slaughter used are particularly barbaric, with the animals often being slowly strangled or bled to death in order to ensure that their fur is not damaged. The vast majority of Irish consumers would be appalled by these practices, but the items of clothes in which dog and cat fur are used are never marked as such. Indeed, sometimes dog or cat fur is labelled as being synthetic”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
“In order to reassure consumers that they are not likely to mistakenly buy such products, the EU has introduced a ban on the import and sale of all dog and cat fur products within the 27 Member States. The regulation was originally passed in November 2007, but Member States were given just over a year to change their national laws to make the trade in these products illegal. In Ireland, the Minister for Agriculture enacted the ban into our domestic law by a statutory instrument which was passed in November”.
“I’m delighted that the EU has enacted this ban on dog and cat fur products and that the Irish Government has moved swiftly to guarantee the ban under Irish law. I remember seeing an undercover documentary made about the slaughter of dogs and cats for fur and it showed unbelievably cruel and barbaric means of killing these animals. I believe the vast majority of Irish consumers would never buy products if they knew they contained these products. As a result of this ban, Irish shoppers can be reassured that their clothes will not contain cat or dog fur”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777