Speaking during today’s Dáil debate on the Lisbon Treaty Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD described Thursday June 12, 2008 as a day that "deserves to be remembered as a great day for democracy in Ireland and in Europe".
"This was a vote about what type of EU we want to be part of developing. Will it be an EU of political elites and bureaucrats? Or will it be a democratic Europe of the people?
"While some advocates of the Treaty have attempted to castigate the electorate for rejecting the Treaty, more reasonable voices have called it right. There is no crisis. We will not be thrown out of the European Union.
"When the French and Dutch rejected the EU Constitution in 2005, the ratification process was brought to an end. And so it should be with Lisbon.
"I call on Taoiseach Brian Cowen TD to not just declare his respect and acceptance but to act accordingly and to insist in the course of the Council of Ministers meeting on an end now to the ratification process across all of the European Union.
"The ball is at Brian Cowen’s feet. The Lisbon Treaty is over and done with."