Friday, June 13, 2008

Now Sinn Féin become heroes?!

It seems that the Irish have rejected the EU Constitution "Treaty" in their referendum. (BBC News: Irish minister says EU vote lost) And the only party in the Dáil who campaigned for a "No" vote was... Sinn Féin.

Sinn Féin are not exactly ideological soulmates to many Eurosceptics in the UK. So I can well imagine that many are looking on in amazement at which side they've found themselves on. Of course to attribute this result to Sinn Féin alone would be absurd - they're only a tiny force in the Dáil and it seems that other campaigners and general scepticism have contributed as much to this result.

Now the big question is whether or not this "No" vote will be accepted by an EU that is notoriously weak when it comes to democracy. Or will the Irish have to have more referendums until they "get it right"?

1 comment:

a very public sociologist said...

Just so you know, most of the left have a very critical attitude to the EU. Sinn Fein (just about) are still on the left these days. But anyway, had our former TD, Joe Higgins have still been in the Dail he too would have used his platform for a no vote. In the event our party still did. If you're interested out of curiosity's sake, here's one of our articles on why the Irish should have voted no.

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