Wednesday 1 July 2009

Lisbon – The Irish Guarantees Explained

Ahead of the second referendum, Lisbon - The Irish Guarantees Explained, published by the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) (Dublin, Ireland, June 2009; 12 pages) is a useful recapitulation of what the assurances to Ireland are and are not.

The IIEA offers a number of publications for Irish voters and others, who are interested in the European Union and the Lisbon Treaty:

What the Lisbon Treaty Means (factsheets)

Making Sense of European Security Policy: Ireland and the Lisbon Treaty

Making Sense of European Justice and Home Affairs Policy: Ireland and the Lisbon Treaty

Making Sense of European Social Policy: Ireland and the Lisbon Treaty

Last summer, a lot of Irish voters confessed that they did not know or understand the Treaty of Lisbon.

This time around, there are some new actors speaking as citizens, with citizens:

Generation Yes is a group of young people promoting Ireland's future in Europe.

Ireland for Europe is an independent and non-party campaign strongly committed to promoting a Yes vote in the referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.

Guarantees, reading materials, positive actors and the rest of Europe waiting – perhaps Ireland is soon ready to embrace its European destiny.

Ralf Grahn

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