That says it all really: "to achieve our objective". Does that sound like a man representing the people of Ireland, or does it sound like a man setting out to ensure that the grand EU master plan comes to fruition? It sounds to me that the referendum in Ireland was seen as a formality by EU leaders, and that nothing was, or is, going to stop the Lisbon Treaty being ratified.
Lisbon Treaty: MEPs debate Irish rejection and way forward
Future of Europe/European integration - 06-10-2008 - 19:51
The EU must cooperate with the Irish government to address people's concerns and find a suitable way forward for institutional reform. So said MEPs in a lively Constitutional Affairs Committee debate with Irish Foreign Minister Michael Martin on Monday, on the reasons for Ireland's referendum rejection of the draft Lisbon reform treaty.
"By December, we expect to be able to identify more precisely the issues that need to be addressed and to outline the necessary steps to achieve our objective of continued full engagement in the Union", said Mr Martin in his introduction.
Full European Parliament press release HERE.