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Who we are: is a website that is initiated by socialists to campaign for a No vote.
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Kieran Allen is the author of the Booklet Reasons to VOTE NO to the Lisbon Treaty and a number of other books, including The Corporate Take Over of Ireland (2007) and The Celtic Tiger: The Myth of Social Partnership (2000)

Sinead Kennedy has written on culture and politics, women and the Celtic Tiger.
She is a long standing campaigner against war and for women’s rights.

Both Kieran & Sinead are also members of the Socialist Workers Party

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Latest 15.09.2009

No to Lisbon, NO to NAMA, No to Cutbacks

Many people see the NO vote as a way of driving government from office. fully agrees with this sentiment and believes it to be valid on a number of grounds.

1. The economic strategy of the current government has been underwritten by the EU Commission. Each of the bank bail outs that have already occurred has received the express permission of the EU Commission. This same body prohibits the Irish state providing aid to save jobs `- but it gives full support to bank bail outs. The Lisbon Treaty gives the EU Commission greater oversight role on state budgets - and this is reason enough to vote NO.

2. The programme of cutbacks, which the government will introduce after the Lisbon vote, is connected to the EU Growth and Stability Pact. This forces governments to stick within strict limits for deficit spending. The present programme of cutback is designed to reach those limits by 2013 - once again as agreed with the EU Commission. In our view, the government should not be constrained by such neoliberal measures when they involve great hardship for the people.

3. This government has lost the consent of the governed. It has received no mandate at an election for its programme of bank bail outs and cutbacks. It has brazenly claimed that it will stay in office - no matter what the public feels about it. Given these extraordinary circumstances, a NO vote is a perfectly legitimate means of imposing the popular will on this terrible government - particularly as it merely re-affirms what people expressed in the referendum last year.'

Booklet cover: Reasons to Vote No to the Lisbon Treaty
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