Ganley may run in European elections


NO CAMPAIGN:BUSINESSMAN AND head of the Libertas think tank Declan Ganley has said he may run again in the European Parliament elections in 2014.

“I wouldn’t rule it out, I certainly wouldn’t rule it out,” he told a news conference in Dublin yesterday.

The anti-fiscal treaty campaigner was an unsuccessful candidate in 2009 for a seat in the European constituency of Ireland North-West.

He said yesterday he was not making any promises about running again, but added: “What I can promise you is that we need to vote No on Thursday.”

Complaining that the Taoiseach “couldn’t negotiate his way out a wet paper bag”, he claimed Mr Kenny “ran away” from debates on the treaty in the broadcast media.

He added: “We need to provide some backbone to this Government by sending a message to the people that they’re sitting across the table from.”

Greek-Irish businesswoman Patricia Tsouros told the news conference she had “no political agenda” but believed people should “give themselves some time”.

The electorate should oppose the treaty on this occasion and she expressed confidence that there would be a second opportunity to vote on it, if it were defeated.

“Let’s see what happens with Spain, let’s see what happens with Greece,” she said.

Meanwhile, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has accused the Yes side in the fiscal treaty referendum campaign of running an “entirely negative” campaign.

He was speaking outside the GPO on O’Connell Street in Dublin for the party’s final event of the campaign. “We want to appeal to citizens to come out and to do the positive thing. It’s a very positive thing to vote No to a treaty which isn’t good for you or your family or your community or your country,” he said.