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    Default FG-Labour split on Justice optout?

    In the Euro election manifesto, FG promised the abolition of Protocol 21 (the right to optout-in to EU Justice and Home Affairs policy on a case-by-case basis). Lucinda Creighton said on her blog at the time that it was 'too important to optout of'. Given my grave concerns about the consequences for Irish sovereignty of surrendering Protocol 21, I emailed Cllr Dermot Lacey to clarify the Labour position on this question and this was his reply:
    Quote Originally Posted by Dermot Lacey
    At the time of the adoption of the Lisbon
    Treaty the Labour party accepted the Government support for the
    retention of the Protocol on Justice and Home Affairs - we still do.
    Given the nature of Justice issues and the need sometimes for cross
    border co-operation on some criminal issues we agree with the notion of
    looking at all these proposals on a case by case basis but the decision
    on these to remain with the National Governments.
    So what will happen to Protocol 21 under a FG-Labour govt? Will the FG policy of abandoning Protocol 21 win out, or the Labour position of retaining it?

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    Uh, not another inane thread about Europe/immigration/asylum/Israel or the usual from you. FT, why did you e-mail a lower ranking labour rep (sorry Dermot) who doesn't even represent you? The logical thing would have been to email Michael D Hggins (FA spokesman) or Pat Rabitte (Justice spokesman) or Brendan Howlin (EU spokesman).

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