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An appeal to Irish Patriots

1 Aibreán, 2008
Author: Cathal � Broin
Issue: 24 – April 2008

An appeal to Irish Patriots
We are entering a battle in which the stakes are very high. If the Irish say Yes to the Lisbon Treaty, we will have signed away the last real vestiges of our sovereignty.

We are facing a daunting prospect. We are facing a Federal EU, controlled by bureaucrats. If we let the Lisbon Treaty pass we will have allowed the EU to take political control of our future, and the future of our children. Not only will we have fed the monster once more, we will have let the monster loose, to do as he wishes.
But, let us have no doubt, we can defeat this treaty. Unless the powers that be rig the vote (which I wouldn�t put past them), unless they do that, the victory of this vote is well within our grasp. The Yes side have nothing to give. There are no positives for this treaty. So, what will they tell us? Well, a recent �report� on RTE�s �This Week in Politics� programme, gives us a fair idea of what the Yes side will say. They will tell us that this treaty is all about �making the EU institutions more efficient.� This, of course, is completely misleading, though not entirely false. The essence, the primary goal, of this treaty is the creation of a Federal EU. It is true that this treaty, if passed, will make the EU more efficient. But why? Well, because they won�t have the bother, the inefficiency, of consulting so much with individual nations, of consulting so much with the peoples of Europe.

What we face is, �a federal EU, unrepresentative of and unanswerable to the people.� We should remember and repeat those words or similar to everyone we meet from now until the vote. It is not a federal �Europe�, because the EU is not Europe. The EU is a power-grabbing institution run by self-serving bureaucrats and retired politicians.

Let us have no doubt, that we can win this vote. We should be very positive. There are many reasons to vote No. Armed with the truth about this treaty we should be able to convince almost anyone that this proposal is a disaster for Ireland, that this proposal is a disaster for Europe.

So, what is our problem? The answer is apathy, well, that and the media. But, don�t these two things seem to go hand in hand? It would appear the more time people spend hypnotised in front of �the box�, the more lulled to sleep they seem to be. Our job, as well as to state the facts clearly, is to sound a great alarm bell. Our job is to wake up this nation, to call the people of Ireland to defend their nation�s sovereignty.

One reason why people are apathetic, particularly about politics, is of course, politicians. If we truly had leaders of great merit, people would become inspired, they would be excited and energised. When we tell people that they will lose their sovereignty, their voice, their freedom, they do not fully understand, because their politicians have not shown them true sovereignty, have not listened to their voice, and have not given them true freedom. The only substantial thing most politicians seem to do is to look after themselves and their friends � they seem to have no other long term strategy than to keep their cushy jobs for as long as is possible.
It is important that we show people that even though most of our politicians are bad, really bad, this is no reason to abandon sovereignty. It is like throwing away the engine of a car because it has ran out of fuel. There is nothing wrong with the engine, it is just that it has to be filled. There is no reason why the next generation of Irish politicians cannot use their power better, cannot use their power for the good of the people. Let us have hope. Sovereignty is worth keeping. Sovereignty must be kept.

It may seem that people nowadays care more about football than they do about their future. It may seem as though they would more readily vote on a television show like �Your a Star� or �Big Brother� than they would on important referenda like the Lisbon Treaty. There is no doubt that modern political leaders have followed the Roman Empire in its tactic of �give the people bread and circuses�. The Romans knew that once the general population were well fed and entertained, they were much less likely to rise up and challenge those in power. It was a good strategy from their point of view, and it usually worked. If we look today, we see the same thing. Entertainment and professional sport are being given increasing prominence in news bulletins and throughout the media in general. They are treated with a weight that they simply do not merit. Most people nowadays, in the Western World at least, are not starving, and they do have many different luxuries and gadgets to keep them occupied and amused. But more and more we see real power being taken from the people. Life has become more stressful. Houses are more difficult to buy. The working week seems to get longer and longer. There is no reason in this highly automated world, why the working week of modern man could not be half of what it is today, no reason, that is, but the greed of the rich and powerful.

Life is often tough in this age. As well as bread and circuses to keep us quiet, we now have the modern suburban lifestyle. When people are overworked, when they have to spend their early mornings and late evenings commuting to and from their place of employment, when they have the looming threat of a heavy mortgage hanging over their heads – when they have all these things, they are much less likely to cause a fuss against the plans of those in authority.
It is quite likely that the Yes side in this referendum will do as they usually do, it is probable that they will try to bully and frighten the people into accepting the Lisbon Treaty. They are already coming out with vague warnings that a No vote would �look bad for Ireland� and would �turn foreign investment away from our shores.� We cannot let these people away with such talk. It is our job to instil confidence in everyone we meet, to remind them that we, Irish people, are a strong race who have come through many trials in our past. The government will threaten us, telling us that a No vote will bring us ridicule and sanction from our fellow members of the EU. We need to appeal to people to be brave and independent, to �accept or reject the Treaty based on the Treaty itself�. If it is good, then fine, but if it is not (and this is clearly the case), then we must reject it. Ireland must now stand up and be counted, or Ireland will simply not count any more. She will become a province, a region, and we, her people, will simply be, subjects of the Empire.

We need to emphasise the importance of this vote. There have been so many EU referenda over the years. The danger is that people will think, �ahh, sure this is just another vote, we�ve heard the No side before, with their doomsday predictions, and sure, it hasn�t ever turned out all that bad.�

We�ve already heard our Taoiseach challenge those who reject the Treaty to �come up with an alternative�. This will be a main strategy of theirs – the tactic of deflection. They will want to take the focus off the actual Treaty. We shouldn�t get too bogged down in such discussions. They, the political elites, did not ask us �for an alternative� when they were formulating this thing. No, that was done behind closed doors, well away from anyone who could interfere with their sinister plans. All we can do now, on this occasion, is to reject this Treaty, because it is bad. After that, we will be more than happy to give our fresh ideas about the future of Europe, that is if, such political elites are willing to listen to our voice.

As most of you are aware this Treaty, and the Constitution on which it is based, is completely humanistic � it has not even one mention of Our Creator. But then, you know, if you are doing something wrong, the last thing you want do is to talk about God. No, that only causes unease of the conscience. Agnosticism, which is to not be sure about God, is in practice, often really more like �I don�t want to be sure�. When we acknowledge our Creator we remind ourselves of His supreme dominion over all things. The EU has already shown, on countless occasions, its contempt for the Catholic Church, the church founded by Jesus Christ. We can be sure that if the door to federalism is opened, if this Treaty is passed, it is only a matter of time until the heinous crime of abortion is �legalised� in this country, or should I say �in this region�. All laws on important social issues will be standardised – and we can be sure that they will all reflect an outlook that is humanistic to the core. The traditional family, which as you know is the bedrock of society, will be undermined even further. It is very likely that the EU will continue in its bureaucratic love for regulations and laws, and so, they may well make it more difficult, or impossible, to bring up a family as one sees fit. Already we see, throughout the world, the promotion of perversion in schools, usually along with the excuse of �equality�. Home schooling or small private schools are becoming increasingly more necessary, just to safeguard one�s children from a barrage of �mandatory� anti-Christian propaganda. What happens if public schools become intolerable to us, and the last resorts of home-schooling and private Catholic education are regulated out of existence? In the end, there is no reason why the EU should not want to standardise the minds of our children in the same way it seeks to standardise just about everything else.

Some will of course say that such scenarios are merely conjecture � they will say that we do not know the future path of the EU, that we are merely citing the worst possible outcome. But, really, we can already see where this institution is going. The EU has not fully shown its horns yet. It has not really had to. It is an evil man, courting a woman (the people). It is as nice as it has to be. Just wait �till after the wedding day.

No, let us not wait! We cannot allow our freedom to be squandered in this way. Our politicians are asking us to throw away freedom, and not just our freedom, but the freedom of future generations. Freedom is not ours to give away. It is in fact our duty to safeguard it, as best we can, for our children, for the children of Ireland.

As we fight this campaign let us remind the people of Ireland that they have a privilege unique among the peoples of Europe. We are the only ones, on this occasion, allowed to vote on this important issue – and this is only because our government is legally bound to put such matters to the people in a referendum. The Yes side will, of course, try to use this fact, the fact that we are the only ones, to put pressure on our people into accepting the Treaty. They will tell us that we would be �setting the whole of Europe back�, if we said No. But, we are not the first country to have a say on this issue. Referenda in France and Holland have already rejected what was essentially the same proposal, packaged at that time, as the EU Constitution. What did the EU do? They simply changed the name and ignored the votes of these two countries. We now have a chance, and we shouldn�t let it pass. We don�t just hold the torch of hope for ourselves, we hold it for all of Europe.

Some might say, �but they will ignore our vote, or they will just make us vote again�. This is not a reason to accept the Lisbon Treaty – it is a feeble excuse for doing nothing. It is a slavish mentality which ought to be quickly countered with a chilling dose of reality – �let us exercise our freedom while we still have it, or else we shall not have freedom for much longer.� The fact that our government and the EU have such contempt for the people of Europe should not deter anyone from fighting this campaign, on the contrary, it should spur us all on to do everything we can to make sure that this awful proposal is resoundingly rejected.

We are soon approaching a decisive hour. Now is the time to stand up for Ireland. Now is the time to stand up for Europe. Let us use our voice while we can, and let us speak out for ourselves and for the many many people whose voices are being ignored.

I really do believe that we can win this vote, but if we are to succeed, it will take heroic effort from all true Irish patriots. Of course, it will not be easy. The media and the establishment will play their usual games. Such is the battle that we now face. The rules are unfair, but we can safely say that we have got truth on our side.

I thank you, dear patriots, for listening to my plea. I know that you truly are the salt of the Earth. I hope that during this campaign, you all act like smelling salts, wakening up as many people as possible from ignorance and apathy.

We embark on a heroic mission. We continue the cause of our forefathers in the fight for Ireland�s freedom. Let us place this, our endeavour, in the hands of the Blessed Trinity, and with genuine hope and trust in God, let us do all we can in the weeks and months ahead. Let us believe, and let us act as we believe. Let us try to realise the honour of this struggle and let us go out and convince our people about the importance of their vote.

Interview: Anthony Coughlan

1 Aibreán, 2008
Issue: 24 – April 2008
Interview: Anthony Coughlan
�The State may ratify the Treaty of Lisbon signed at Lisbon on the 13th day of December 2007, and may be a member of the European Union established by virtue of that Treaty. No provision of this Constitution invalidates laws enacted, acts done or measures adopted by the State that are necessitated by membership of the European Union, or prevents laws enacted, acts done or measures adopted by the said European Union or by institutions thereof, or by bodies competent under the treaties referred to in this section, from having the force of law in the State.� (emphasis added) – 28th Amendment of the Constitution Bill, 2008 � What people will be voting on in June

Why should Irish voters reject the Lisbon Treaty?
Because Lisbon would set up a new European Union in the form of a supranational Federal State and would turn Ireland into a province or region of this EU State, with our independence and democracy as a sovereign country abandoned. It would make Ireland a province, not a nation, once again.

That Lisbon would do this is clearly shown by the two key sentences of the Constitutional Amendment which the people are being asked to put into the Irish Constitution to enable the Treaty to come into force.

The first sentence of this Amendment states that Ireland may be a member of the European Union established by the Treaty of Lisbon. This EU which would be established by Lisbon would be constitutionally, legally and politically fundamentally different from the European Union which was established by the 1993 Treaty of Maastricht, which established the EU that we are currently members of. The same name, the European Union, would be used for the pre-Lisbon and post-Lisbon EU, to prevent people realising what is happening.

The second key sentence of the proposed Amendment would then say that nothing in the Irish Constitution prevent the laws, acts and decisions of this new European Union for having the force of law in the State. �No provision of this Constitution invalidates etc.�
These two sentences would make the Irish Constitution and laws wholly subordinate to the Constitution and laws of this new European Union. Lisbon would make us real citizens of this new Federal EU for the first time. That means that we would have to obey the laws and give loyalty to the authority of the new EU over and above the Irish Constitution and laws in any case of conflict between the two, for EU law would be superior.

The second main reason for opposing Lisbon is that the Treaty is a power grab for control of this new Union by its big Member States. Under Lisbon EU laws would be made primarily on the basis of population size, in which the Big States have an obvious advantage.
For an EU law to pass post-Lisbon there would have to be 15 out of 27 States in favour, as long as that 15 contained 65% of the total EU population of some 500 million people. This would double Germany�s voting weight in making EU laws, from 8% to 17%. It would increase France�s voting weight from 8% to 13% and increase Britain�s and Italy from 8% to 12% each, while it would reduce Ireland�s voting say from 2% to 0.8%.

Lisbon would also abolish our right to have a permanent EU Commissioner, so that Ireland would have no one on the EU Commission, the body which proposes all EU laws to the Council of Ministers, which then makes them, for five out of every 15 years.
Having a fellow-national on the EU Commission has always been specially important for smaller States like Ireland, as the Big Countries have other ways of making their influence felt. Lisbon would also take from us our right to decide who Ireland�s Commissioner would be when it comes to our turn to have a member of the Commission, for our present right to propose someone would be replaced by a right to make �suggestions� only.

In addition Lisbon would give the new Union which it would establish the power to make EU laws in 32 new policy areas, including crime and justice, immigration, sport, culture, energy, public health, transport etc. Dail Eireann and the Irish people would lose the power to decide these matters.

Lisbon would also give the new Union the power to decide the human rights of all EU citizens by making the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights legally binding. This would give the EU Court of Justice the final say in what our rights are in all areas of EU law, including Member States when implementing EU law.

This would enable the new Union to impose a common standard of rights on 500 million EU citizens, even though many countries have special rights standards of their own on such sensitive issues as the right to life, the right to strike, marriage and the family, children�s rights, legalising hard drugs and prostitution, habeas corpus, the presumption of innocence until proved guilty etc.
Lisbon would confirm the Laval judgement of the EU Court of Justice of 18 December last, which makes it illegal in European law for Member States and their Labour movements to try to maintain a national standard of wages for immigrant workers, as against the minimum wage rate. At the same time Lisbon would hand over full control of immigration policy to the EU.

The Treaty would also open the way for the EU Court of Justice to abolish our special low rate of company taxation, which has been so important in bringing foreign firms to Ireland over the years and so fundamental to our modern economic development.

It would militarise the EU further and make us members of a mutual EU defence pact, required to defend other EU countries if attacked, although we could still stay out of a full European Army with joint officers on the lines of the current Franco-German brigade.
Finally, this Treaty has already been rejected by the peoples of France and Holland when it was presented to them in the form of the EU Constitution in 2005. Ireland should reject it as they did and send it back to the EU Prime Ministers and Presidents to get a better deal for Ireland and for Europe.

The bulk of the Irish body politic appears to be in support of the Treaty and its ratification. Why is this the case, in your opinion?
Most TDs and media people do not really know what is in the Lisbon Treaty, for if they did they would oppose it. One reason for this is that Lisbon has been made deliberately obscure by the EU Prime Ministers and Presidents who drew it up. It consists of a long series of amendments to the existing EU Treaties, but these cannot be understood on their own without referring to these other treaties and there is no official text available which shows how the Lisbon amendments would affect these.

Although Lisbon is the EU Constitution which the French and Dutch rejected in another form, at least the Constitution was readable and people could understand it. Of course that was one reason why the French and Dutch turned it down.

A second reason why many Irish politicians support Lisbon is that Irish TDs always take a follow-my-leader stand on EU matters. In Ireland�s 35 years membership of the EEC/EC/EU not a single TD of any party has openly dissented from his or her party leadership on an EU-related issue, not to mind rebelling or resigning the party whip. This could not be said of the politicians of any other EU country. It is a comment on the character of Ireland�s politicians and political parties.

A third reason for the leaders of the big parties to back Lisbon is that Government Ministers and aspiring Ministers on the Opposition benches generally welcome the shift of law-making powers to Brussels from the Dail and the Irish people who elect the Dail.

Look of it this way. To get anything done at home, a Government Minister must have a majority in the Dail for what they want, and implicitly a majority in the country. Shift the policy area in question to Brussels however and that Minister becomes one of 27 Ministers on the EU Council of Ministers making laws for 500 million Europeans. There is a huge increase in personal power for the politicians concerned, even though it is at the expense of their own National Parliaments and peoples. It is particularly appealing for politicians from smaller countries. As someone said, it is much nicer to be running Europe than running Slovakia!

In recent months you have been travelling the country explaining the issues at stake to voters. What has been the general reaction to your message?
When people learn the facts of what is in the Lisbon Treaty, they almost always oppose it. That is why the EU Prime Ministers and Presidents agreed among themselves before Christmas on no account to have referendums on it anywhere, although they cannot avoid one in Ireland. That is also the reason why the Government and Yes-side people are doing everything they can to avoid going into the facts of the Treaty. They talk about Europe being good for us, about how well Ireland has done over the years, about making the EU stronger, better, more effective etc. Anything to avoid going into the detail of what is in the Treaty. for it is hard to put a positive �spin� on its main provisions.

What advice do you have for those who may wish to get involved in the campaign?
First, learn the basic facts about Lisbon and tell them to your friends and neighbours. Second, get involved in one of the many groups that are seeking to defend Irish democracy and national independence by opposing the Treaty � the one you find closest to your own political standpoint. Three good local web-sites which have lots of information on Lisbon are and There is also much information on the web-site of Danish MEP Jens-Peter Bonde, who has produced a Reader-Friendly Edition of the EU Treaties as they would be when amended by the Lisbon Treaty. That web-site is

Dr Anthony Coughlan is Secretary of The National Platform EU Research and Information Centre, and Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin


THE TRICKY TREATY

1 Aibreán, 2008
Issue: 24 – April 2008
THE TRICKY TREATY
For the best part of three decades Ireland, generally speaking, has perceived the European Union �project� and its precursors in a favourable light. That perception may be about to change.
Since our accession to the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1973, pro-European elements in this country have constantly cited the benefits of Community membership. We were, after all, the recipients of generous grants and transfers aimed at improving our regional status and bringing local living standards into line with those of the more affluent parts of Western Europe.

Financing was provided in order to improve the national infrastructure, wider markets were made available to our producers, manufacturers and exporters and Irish workers could travel and seek employment in other member states without the bother of visas.
Small wonder then that referenda relating to a succession of European Treaties were almost guaranteed passage in a compliant Ireland with its largely EU-friendly electorate.

The fact that the old enemy, England, was as often as not at loggerheads with Europe served only to help the pro-EU lobby in this country.

Yet throughout all of this period a significant minority of Irish people remained suspicious of the European project and regularly campaigned against it. They warned that despite the apparent short-term benefits of membership, the EU was not in Ireland�s overall interests. They presented facts showing that the economic gains accrued from membership were far outweighed by the losses in major industries such as fishing. This significant asset was effectively plundered by the EU while we were obliged through protocol to stand by powerlessly.

Parallels were drawn with countries such as Norway, which remained outside the EU and yet has one of the world�s highest living standards. The Norwegians have retained national control over their fishing stocks and their oil and gas reserves benefit the Oslo exchequer. Can anyone honestly say that the vast mineral wealth that lies beneath the seas within Ireland�s national territory will be managed by the Irish People? Will these resources, like the fish, ultimately flow to Europe? In any case, thanks to the Euro, we don�t even have a currency of our own to dictate such decisions.

During the First Nice Treaty referendum in 2001, the alternative Irish viewpoint won the day. This, needless to say, did not please the Masonic elite who run the EU and the Irish people were forced to repeat the referendum until the �correct� result was attained. Can anyone recall a previous referendum having been re-run after the �yes� side won? So much for democracy.

This year, with the pending Lisbon Treaty, we are being asked to surrender whatever national sovereignty we have left to a de facto European superstate government. If we ratify this treaty, there will be no future referenda to worry about and our Constitution, which provides safeguards on issues such as an abortion-free Ireland, will eventually be superseded and rendered null and void.

The choice for all true Irishmen and women is clear: vote NO to Lisbon.