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Cowen’s ‘laughable’ call to opposition

THE Taoiseach’s call on Fine Gael and Labour to intensify their campaign for a yes vote in the Lisbon Treaty referendum is laughable.

Is this not the same man who, as minister for foreign affairs, could not convince one of his own ministerial colleagues to vote for the Nice Treaty which he negotiated?

If Mr Cowen wants to offer advice to other parties, perhaps he should ask his coalition partners, the Green party, to get out on the campaign trail.

That party is not campaigning at all, although many of its members are campaigning for both sides. He could also look to some of the pro-government independents who are campaigning for a no vote. The Taoiseach’s attack will make it even harder for us to convince opposition and independent voters to support the treaty. If Lisbon is defeated, Mr Cowen will not have to travel too far from the mirror to look for someone to blame

Leo Varadkar TD

Leinster House

Dublin 2


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