Govt 'committed to EU constitution'

The Govt must work harder to “sell” the troubled EU Constitution to the Irish people during the next year, a minister said today.

EU co-founders France and the Netherlands have already rejected the Treaty but 13 other countries have ratified it including Spain, Luxembourg and Germany.

European Affairs Minister Noel Treacy said member states would revisit the historic document during the Austrian EU presidency in the first half of 2006.

Speaking at today’s Humbert Summer School in Co Mayo, Mr Treacy said: “Our Government remains committed to the Constitution and to using this year to engage the public of Ireland on the issue of Europe.

“The rejection of the Treaty by France and Holland resulted in soul-searching and uncertainty about the role of Europe.”

The Galway TD admitted the Government needed to bring home to the people of Ireland the historic changes that have taken place and how Ireland benefits from and contributes to Europe.

“We need to better explain how Europe works today – what it does and doesn’t do – and how it can best serve its citizens in the future.

Mr Treacy was speaking in Ballina at the 19th Humbert Summer School, which commemorates French republican General Jean Joseph Humbert.

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