Conveniently for him and the Government, Eamon Gilmore’s duplicity in subverting the will of the people following the initial Lisbon referendum has been pretty well suppressed in the run up to today’s austerity referendum.
Only today are we reminded of Gilmore’s capacity for deceit, in this article from the Independent…
Last year’s leaked US Embassy cable said Mr Gilmore admitted a “public posture” of opposition to a second referendum because it was “politically necessary”. At the same time, Mr Gilmore fully expected a second referendum and said he would support it.
After the No vote in the first Lisbon referendum in June 2008, the Labour leader said the “Lisbon Treaty is dead” and opposed a second referendum being held.
But Mr Gilmore presented a different scenario a month later to US embassy staff, according to then US Ambassador Thomas Foley.
“Gilmore, who has led calls against a second referendum, has told the embassy separately that he fully expects, and would support, holding a second referendum in 2009. He explained his public posture of opposition to a second referendum as ‘politically necessary’ for the time being,” the ambassador said in a ‘confidential’ dispatch sent to his colleagues in Washington and across the EU.
Read the article in full here
In the wake of the disclosure Gilmore hadn’t a shred of credibility left and every right thinking person agreed that his two faced approach to a second Lisbon vote was shocking. Yet, he’s still Tanaiste and still ruthlessly driving the nation ever deeper into the quagmire of a collapsing EU empire, the consequences of which will be totally devastating for Ireland.