Thursday, June 02, 2005

Irish Govt still intend to hold EU referendum

RTE reports that the Irish Government: "remains firmly convinced that the document is in the best interests of Ireland and the EU as a whole, and says it is pressing ahead with preparations for a referendum in Ireland. The state of the ratification process will be discussed by the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, and the EU Presidency in Luxembourg later today. Mr Ahern will then travel on to Berlin to meet Chancellor Schroeder ahead of an EU summit in Brussels in two weeks' time." However, the Irish Sun reports the cautious comments made by Minister McDowell who said before the vote that "If however the decision is negative it clearly creates a new situation which the rest of the heads of state of the European Union would have to consider very carefully."

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