A delegation from employers' organisation IBEC today met in Brussels with senior European Union officials to outline the view of Irish employers on the serious economic challenges facing both Ireland and the EU.
Speaking following talks with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, IBEC Director General Danny McCoy said that now was not the time to isolate ourselves in Europe by rejecting the Lisbon Treaty, and called for a 'yes' vote in the October 2 Lisbon Treaty referendum.
"At a time of great economic turmoil, now more than ever we need to work in solidarity with our partners in Europe to address shared concerns," McCoy said.
"While Ireland has its own particular difficulties, other countries are also facing serious economic challenges."
“It is vital for our economic future that Ireland is at the heart of a reformed and better-functioning EU.
"We have an opportunity on October 2 to send a clear message to our European and international partners that we want to play a central and active part in Europe."
The IBEC delegation also met with President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek, amongst others.