“I believe these concerns have been addressed in the shape of the legal guarantees,” Mr Cowen told parliament.
“On that basis, I recommended to the government that we return to the people to seek their approval for Ireland to ratify the treaty and that referendum will take place on 2 October,” he said. The government, which has been accused of failing to allay voters’ concerns and not tackling opponents of the treaty head-on last year, has pledged to conduct a better organised and livelier campaign this time around, with plenty of information about the complex treaty text.
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