Each of them will have three minutes to pitch to Sarkozy? Is someone going to be there with a stopwatch??
Speaking of which,this is what some people would say to Sarkozy if they had 3 minutes with him todayhttp://www.rte.ie/news/features/lisbontreaty/sarkozycomments.html
Name: pat donnelly
ignore the Irish vote...we are just stupid.
Name: Frank Steward
Well done Mr. Sarkozy, as I don't agree particularly with the comments made I do however think that Ireland needs to hold a second referendum. The last vote was a protest vote against the government and this needs to be rectified. Issues like this should not be put to the public vote as most of the public do not comprehend such large documents and are easily mislead by panic merchants. That's why we vote for a government, entrusting them to make the right decisions for us. Frank
Name: Stephen Laffan
The wishes of the majority of the peoples in Europe must be listened to and the fact that governments are ratifying this treaty is not an indication of the acceptance of this treaty by the people. The EU would be better served by a tight raft of policies of economic, environmental and legal issues than a forced marriage of multiple philosophies and cultures.
I apologise for the ignorance and apathy of the Irish people. Don't give up hope on Ireland, almost half the people voted 'yes' and a lot of the other half just didn't understand the issues, and were lied to by the 'no' camp.
Name: Ellen Paterson
Location: London - Irish born
I would say 'Nicolas, remember 1789 and the motto of the French Revolution - Liberte, Fraternite, Egalite. The citizens of Eire in 2008 have a right to vote as they wish and do not want to be dictated to by a foreign Power. 'Non' means 'No' in any language. If you want a second opinion ask your friend, Gordon Brown, to allow a referendum in the UK. There will equally be a resounding NON from a lot more people. Bon voyage.'
Name: Rita Crampton
Mr Sarkozy, Stop playing 'grown-up' games like a good boy and go back to playing with your new toy - oops, I mean wife! RG Crampton
Name: Padraig Murphy
Location: Dublin, South Side
Can I please go back to Paris with you? Things have gone belly up here and I don't want to be the last to leave town. giss a Job!!!
Name: Brian Flanagan
Location: Blackrock, Dublin
We'll have another referendum if France also has another one!
Are we to assume that Mugabe's vision of 'democracy' is to be thrust upon us by Mr. Sarkozy? The people vote, Mr. Sarkozy doesn't appreciate the result, so we are to vote again to obtain the Sarkozy result. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity? Only applicable when the result is the desired one evidentially. The only plausible result now is a Sarkozy own goal.
Name: Cooney, Patrick
Location: Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.
Please do not treat us as you treated your own subjects - especially your unions when you met them and then did not listen to them. We are a sovereign state and intelligent people and your intervention will not help me in voting again.
Name: Elizabeth O'Doherty
Location: South Dublin
I'm glad Mr. Sarkozy has revised his visiting arrangements and is showing due respect to the relevant political figures in order of importance. It would be worth his while to investigate who is backing Mr. Ganley of Libertas. Also, he should read the following article in The Irish Independent (18th July) by James Downey: 'Defence is key issue surrounding the rejection of the Lisbon Treaty'. Good luck today...
Name: Gerry Mc Quillan
The Irish NO vote was not against Lisbon. It was a vote against our 'established' politicians and their recent performance and conduct.
Name: John Reilly
NO means NO. What part of that does President Sarkozy and the rest of Europe's YES side not understand. The people have spoken and we should not be beating into submission. Would we have a second vote if it was YES first time around??
Cead mile failte to Waterloo.
Location: Cork City
Name: Paul Lee
How do you propose to communicate with the Irish electorate (properly this time) regarding a vote on the future of Europe as the recent effort by the Irish Government was non-existent? Do you understand why the Irish voted No to Lisbon? Will the EU re-think Lisbon altogether?
Name: Gary Ryan
It won't take three minutes. Please refrain from interfering in our affairs. There is plenty to be down in France - do that instead.
Name: Michael Lewis
If you had any respect for the position you hold you would resign. You are an embarrassment to your country. I have no doubt that if all of the thousands of Irish men that gave their lives that your country might be free believed that you would be its leader then they would think again. We have to learn from history and it appears you are incapable of learning, period.
Name: John Steele
Mr Sarkozy & his French Bureaucrats would do well to remember 1. Their bully tactics & scare mongering [effectively Ireland would be out in the cold if we rejected the Lisbon Treaty] won't work here anymore. and 2. Mr Sarkozy & his French bureaucrats would do well to remember where France would be today if it wasn't for the Allies during world war 2 in which many thousands of Irish man fought on behalf of Britain, and died, they next time they allude to Ireland having got lots of money from the EU
Location: Paris France
President Sarkozy Congratulations on the excellent job you are doing in France since your election last year. I agree that Ireland should be asked to vote again for the Lisbon Treaty. I read some of the comments from the voters as they left the polling booths; it was quite clear that a majority of them didn't understand the Lisbon Treaty and therefore decided to vote against it. Bon Courage et Bonne Continuation Mr Sarkozy
I am very much a pro European Irishman, however I do feel that there is an image of a lack of democracy at the heart of Europe. I think this could be countered by a directly elected European President. Let the council select 3 candidates and let them travel around Europe 'selling' their vision for Europe to the people, people could then choose which vision to follow
Name: Maurice Cunningham
Location: Swords, Dublin
Forcing a yes vote on the Irish people is not the way to do business in our country and having voted No to the Treaty I want you to convince me why I should have voted Yes to a Treaty that as of yet has not been explained in simple English for every man and woman in this country to understand? I generally dont vote for something if I dont understand it, maybe in France things work differently, do they??
Does Mr Sarkozy think if the Fench had voted yes on the initial treaty, we wouldn't have this problem today?
I voted No in the Lisbon treaty as a vote of protest. I do not trust Fianna Fail and for that reason did not believe any of the benefits being put forward by them. How could any trustworthy party support Bertie Ahearn as leader of this country over the past twelve months. We are a small island economy, we need less self serving politicians, a smaller more efficient government with vision and integrity. I trust Brian Cowen but not all of Fianna Fail. If this is addressed I will vote Yes next time!
Location: Galway but currently in England
Welcome to Ireland. I am a great admirer of your country, which has given so much to Europe. I would ask that you consider seriously why it was that the Irish people voted 'NO' to the EU constitution. Indeed, it is not so long ago that your country did the same. I hope that you do not rush into urging the Irish government, representing a sovereign state, to hold another vote so soon after the EU constitution being decisively rejected by the sovereign people of Ireland.
I wouldn't talk to him. I'd play him 'No Limits' by 2 Unlimited. It has the chorus 'no no, no no no no, no no no no, no no.'
Name: Aidan Moore
I'd ask him if, like Napoleon, he'd brought with him a team of scientists charged with compiling a Description de l'Irelande, since in going to Ireland to second guess that country's democratic processes, Sarkozy is treating the Irish with the same contempt that Napoleon treated the Egyptians.
Name: Patrick Boshell
Would your time as President of France not be better spent listening to what Europeans really want instead of trying to force a dead and defunct treaty upon them?
The Irish voted NO because we were given a little extra power than our European neighbours and, without making an attempt to even understand the treaty, decided to exercise that power by using it as a protest vote against the government. A whole country biting its nose off in an act of childish folly!
Ireland has already said no
Name: Jack O' Rourke
Dear Mr Sarkozy Your comments on the Lisbon treaty and Irelands position, post the referendum were poorly timed and frankly unwelcome. It is sheer arrogance to purport to tell another country what it should or should not do. As regards any future treaties, there needs to be clarification that there will be no tax harmonisation and further insurance needs to be given to Ireland's position as regards neutrality?
Name: Padraig O Gallachoir
As President of Europe and also President of the French nation, We proud Europeans expect you to bring the best qualities of that nation to your Presidency of the European Union. Therefore only three words are required: Libert, Egalit, Fraternit.
Name: Sean Jacques LION
The Irishmen have given a lesson to the rest of Europe and their vote must be to respect it must leave in Ireland an exclusive statute - guarantee with prohibition with the abortion - a broader economic and social national control - neutrality and taxes. Ireland had the choice to say yes or no. one must conform to it and to with it be held without ambiguity. And Mr Sarkozy, the Irish people do not intend to let to us intimidate by anyone, only we would be in position of listening.
I would tell him to go home and stop trying to bully the Irish as well as the rest of Europe into something which they have already voted against! We are supposed to be in a democratic union, this whole Lisbon fiasco does not seem to me to be very democratic! Do the European elite understand what the word DEMOCRACY means?
Name: Sean Jacques LION
Location: Lisses - Fhrainc
It is important that president Sarkozy understands that the Irish people require that its vote be respected and more important still, that its concerns are taken into account. the declarations of the French president shows that he becomes the French person more hates in Ireland in very little time. In the ridiculous one, I think that my dear Sarko is stronger than Bush, he missed his vocation, it is not policy that he should have made but cinema and more precisely in the comic one
Name: john o'neill
What part of no dose he not understand.
Don't listen to the arrogance of the No's. We were misled by xenophobic nationalists all the way down the line. Glad to see the rest of the EU is ratifying the Treaty. Just leave the Paddys behind to sort themselves out.
Name: Paul F
When are you leaving?
How can the constitution, complete document unto itself, be series of amendments to past treaties? I agree the size of the EC must be reduced, but no commissioner should represent their country. President of EC must be elected by people of Europe. EP must have complete co decision with council & its number should be capped at about 951. The court must be reduced in number, but not at the expense of any country. Perhaps, for 3 years 14 judges can sit on ECJ & 13 on 1st instance court then switch
Name: Pat Kavanagh
What's more, Ireland has voted NO. Our vote is democratic and should be respected by our own Govt and by Europe. If we are asked to vote again 'UNTIL WE GET IT RIGHT' by ANY of our politicians, I will NOT vote for them again.
Name: Pat Kavanagh
I do not want Ireland to lose its seat at the table. Too much can happen within 5 years. There should be 27 at the table, not 15. We do not need to promote Nuclear development in this country. I am opposed to Nuclear power.
Name: Pat Kavanagh
European courts would be able to over-rule the Irish constitution. The declaration of Independence is a major part of our history, as are those heroes who drew up our constitution. It is precious to us, it gives us a voice. We are the only European country who has a voice to vote on this referendum. This would be the last time we would ever have a vote on European issues.
Name: Pat Kavanagh
I am opposed to investment in a European Super Military power. I do not want the Irish military to change from being a peace-keeping force to being a 'peace enforcement'. I do not want to compromise Ireland's neutrality. We have all seen what has happened in USA where 75% of the population do not want the armed forces in Iraq, yet they have no say. All we need is for Europe to have a German 'George Bush' and we will be in that same position. Germany will have too much power.
Do you think France has still the power and role to have such an important place in the European Union and the world?
Monsieur Sarkozy, Please hop it back to France, you're giving us Pro-Europeans a really bad name. The idea that you can come over to another sovereign state and tell us how to vote is an enormous embarrassment to all of us who backed Lisbon. Might I suggest that you get back home and spend your time on sorting out France's huge national debt, budget deficit and unemployment? Good fences make great neighbours, so how about repairing yours?
Name: craig o connor
Location: 3rd density
The reptilian rule of this planet is about to end the darkness will be overcome.11,ooo years of hurt is enough. tell George and the boys to run while you because the sleeping giant is waking up, the sleeping giant is all of us p.s if whoever reads this does not understand what im talking about the it is already to late for you
Location: Dublin North
Ireland said no, get over it and get on with it. Was on holiday recently in Canary Islands and met people from Norway, Sweden, France and Amsterdam, all of them said they were delighted we voted no. Lots of Europeans were not given the opportunity to vote and have their voice heard. It would appear that they would have voted no also.
Name: Gary o Brien
The reason I voted No Mr. Sarkozy was because of the high influx of immigration as we have taken the most immigration per head! And if I had voted yes it would mean more countries joining the EU and that means more immigration and more job losses for Irish citizens! Thank you for ur time Nicolas Sarkozy.
Name: Martin Doyle
President Sarkozy's attitude to Ireland proves the case of the NO vote - He wants to ride roughshod over the genuine fears of a small country. Could he sell this treaty to the people of France? As we are finally coming to the end of the disastrous reign of George Bush II, we don't need a George Bush III attitude from France.......
Name: Truth Voice 2012
Firstly Mr Sarkozy. The New World Order will fail. Trying to combine Europe and militarising it for the up and coming war with Iran will not happen. The Irish people along with the rest of the common people of Europe want nothing to do with World War Three. You and the rest of the political elite, the bilderbergs and the illuminati occult will be exposed and held accountable for your actions. We are not your slaves and the military-industrial complex will not make a cent from my death. Go home!
Name: Hugh Kavanagh
The 'no' result has made me embarrassed for my country and has made me lose faith in the intelligence of the Irish people
mind your own sarkozy. We got our own bread.
Name: John Lannin
Location: West Cork
Many do not want a federal Europe, our country signed away control of our own affairs to Britain in 1800, we are not about to repeat the mistake. Economic Union, Yes. Political Union, No
Name: Barbara Ryan
What ever you think about our no vote you have to respect it and if you try to force us to re-vote you will get a resounding no. We Irish won't be bullied by anyone.
Name: Linda Collins
The Irish are wise to you and your plans and you will not succeed. We voted NO and we will continue to vote NO, no matter how much you try to bully! The European Union is still democratic even if it doesn't suit your plans. Enjoy your trip to Ireland, Mr. Sarkozy but don't expect a warm welcome from everybody.
I would tell him, yes Ireland should have a second vote, and we should vote YES, and we probably would of. Although now that he had interfered, I predict Ireland will vote NO just to prove another point. If he looked at our history, he would see Ireland do not take friendly to foreign instruction.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy recent comments about Ireland having to vote again on Lisbon could turn myself and others from Pro-EU Lisbon No Voters to a Anti-Eu Lisbon No Voters. This of course would mean in future we would vote no against everything, as in the past a lot of our votes have been yes to the EU.
Name: Ciaran Kiely
Can you not accept no as an answer?
Name: Ailbhe Barrett
I would just like to voice my concerns at the direction the EU is taking. I voted no because I do not believe further integration is necessary for the progress of the EU. Co-operation between nations would work just as well, & would, crucially, have the backing of citizens. The Lisbon treaty does not equal the EU; it is completely undemocratic & the wrong direction for Europe altogether.
Mr. Sarkozy, go back to France and recognize the democratic decision of the Irish, French and Dutch people. We don't want Your Europe, you and your elitist buddies have no mandate from the people. We refuse to live in a post-democratic era, dictated to by a handful of elitist control freaks.
Name: Martin Schranz
Why are you not intervening to stop the cruel maltreatment of African illegal immigrants by the government of Malta?
Name: Simon Carey
I voted NO because I believe this is the first step towards a Federal Europe. If we are made to VOTE AGAIN, I will, even if we get concessions, vote NO again. Expecting the Irish people to vote again undermines democracy and demonstrates how Ireland is being bullied. The people are not being listened too! The mere fact we are the only country to vote demonstrates an inherent lack of democracy and furthermore, the rules do stipulate that all countries must ratify!!!!!
Name: Marlene Fitzpatrick
Although Pres. Sarkozy is president of the E.U. for the next six months, he has no right to presume how the Irish people think. Bullying them into voting 'yes' is not the way to deal with us. Explanations of the questions raised with the 'no' vote, is a better option. He should look closer to home and ask why the French voted no in the first place, only to be overruled by their government. Hopefully this is not the way it will be dealt with here. By the way I voted 'yes' and feel we owe the E.u loyal
Name: Mairead Chaplin
Location: Co Clare, Ireland
No to Voting again... How can we vote on a Flawed Treaty, It has to be amended and has to Transparent? I am all for being European but I'm Irish first and Proud to be. To ask me to vote again is an insult to my intelligence.
Name: John Fitzpatrick
Location: Dublin 7
It's reported that Ireland has received 60 Billion in EU funding. Could Mr Sarkozy give an itemised account of where this money has gone, because I can not see any evidence of it in Dublin?
Name: Brian Grace
I thought we already decided this issue. Why don't we discuss the French general election instead!
Name: John O Neill
Mr Sarkozy. As a Frenchman you more than most should realise that our nation will not be bullied. Given that the people have spoken and they have overwhelmingly said no democracy should be respected. It is precisely your arrogant attitude dictating to us that lead people to say no. We will not be dictated to by an unelected representative like yourself or anyone else. The Maastricht, Nice and especially Lisbon treaty are doing what Hitler's army tried to do 60 years ago.
Name: THOMAS PETER LEAVEY
Location: MINNEAPOLIS MN USA
FOR WHOM IT MAY CONCERN; I am in complete support of the LISBON TREATY and also Ireland has benefited big time in receiving E.U Economic supportiveness. Now that the time has come for Irelands' general Public and Public Policy types all the sudden want to be received for there duties for a further strengthening of the E.U Governance Administrative responsibilities the Irish wish to duck out from under the leadership role. If were The French President I would simply offer Ireland a choss sign on quit?
You're very welcome to Ireland Mr. Sarkozy and we understand that as president of the EU that you are expected to lobby a yes vote. Thank you but we have already decided democratically how we would like to see the EU proceed and your opinion of how we should conduct our internal affairs is really of no great interest to us.
Name: Diarmuid Harrington
Location: Caux, Magnac Bourg 87380
Czar Nick. Make up your mind which part of 'NO'! do you not understand? I suppose if the French had a chance to re vote you could be out on your ear selling boot leg copies of Carla's latest hit. I love the French. Making love is easy, Rock and Roll is cushy, But Democracy is hard work. So don't pull a G. W. Bush on us. We have a United Europe thanks to Germany. You have your six months so don't screw it up. Sincerely, Diarmuid Harrington
Name: Thomas Earlie, former Sec.Gen. FF/Gaullist Group in European Parliament
Location: Private Clinic
President Sarkozy has to address three issues:1.Irish Concern that enlargement of EU has brought a reduction of Irish Political&Legislative sovereignty in the European Union decision making process 2.He must tell the Irish that they must stop blaming Brussels for all their problems;Neutrality,Social exclusion, menopausal problems, bad weather, poor quality of lifebelt. 3. He must tell the colleagues in Brussels that they have to stop hiding behind the bureaucracy and show their faces and listen! Vive
Name: BARRY O NEILL
Location: co cork
donc c'est pas mal pour le franais pour dire 'Non' au trait de Lisbonne, mais pas l'irlandais. (et aucun vote democratique, je comprends) .i sera ouvert de vous et j'aime la France et le franais, mais nous sommes fermes et nos inquitudes doivent sincrement tre rencontres
Location: Dublin 15
I said no on the basis that sufficient explanation was not available, despite efforts to find out as much as I could. Politicians seemed to think we should trust them and therefore vote yes. Experience with our politicians invariably engenders mistrust, not the opposite. I want a good reason to vote yes.
Name: Ren Aungier
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
You and your government's attitude and the lack of respect towards the democratic rights of the Irish people will ensure that the treaty will NEVER be accepted. You have also re-enforced people's negative attitude the EU. People in greenhouse should not throw stones. Let your own people vote or are you afraid they will vote no? Are you afraid of the democratic process? I believe you are & you are a real hypocrite.
Name: Ren Aungier
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
The Treaty is completely out of sync with the aspirations of the people of Europe. It removes the power of the people to decide and hands that power to beaurocrats in Brussels who have failed to show they understand the people. Until the beaurocrats become servants of the people and not dictators, Europeans will resist. Arrogance is detestable.
Name: Martina Ni Fhatharta
Europe should be about European citizens and not about politics. If there are no changes to the treaty and it goes to poll - there will be an angry reaction. I think the main reason people voted no - because the Lisbon treaty was hard to understand. Respect the Irish vote and come up with a better solution.
Name: Ren Aungier
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Ireland's economic success came about as a result of Sean Lemass's government having the hindsight to introduce free education and invite foreign companies to establish themselves in Ireland. Irish people do not want to be dominated by bureaucrats from Brussels. Ireland has voted. Maybe you need to look at the treaty and see what is wrong with it.
Remember that we are a democracy, why should we vote again because we did not give you the answer you wanted. Does our vote mean nothing? Stop the scaremongering we are allowed the freedom of thought, it'd be great if Sarkozy and the rest of Europe respected that we are a Republic first and foremost, and I pity those within Europe who have not had the opportunity to vote, the people they have placed in power are obviously doing them an injustice. And I hope Biffo grows himself some balls today!
Have a national vote on the following lines: Does Ireland want to stay in the EU with the Lisbon treaty YES/NO
How dare you come to Ireland, a country that fought long and hard for independence and try to tell us how to run our affairs, you didn't deem it necessary to hold a second referendum in France when your own people rejected the same treaty because you knew the result would have been the same. Our government may bow down before you but the citizens they should represent, do not and they no longer speak for us
We fought and died for our independence and are now a proud nation we intend to stay that way so please go home and do not interfere.
Name: John James
When the French People rejected the Constitution of Europe did the French vote again. We don't want a Federal State of Europe we just want open borders fair trading between countries with no opt out clauses allowed for any state. Europe is not ready for one United State yet. When the time comes let the different countries vote on this not ratified by governments.
Name: Barry Burke
Mr Sarkozy, I believe your visit epitomises how we the 'ground route' Irish have come to depict the European Parliament; as a non democratic, money gussling machine which gives refuge to dysfunctional politicians. It is probably time to call a halt to the entire process of a European Union and Dream on a One World Union which is not corrupted by politics yours Barry
Name: R Toland
Why does the French President feel he has the right to bully the Irish electorate? We have said no to Lisbon which is a new name for The EU constitution. His own country men & woman said no to the constitution. So, why did he fear making them & the Dutch vote a second time We Irish said no in a democratic referendum. Does the President of France feel he has the right to interfere in the internal matters of the Irish republic?
Name: Dr Roy H W Johnston
Location: Dublin 6 / email@example.com
A referendum is not the best way to handle a complex issue. It was presented as a complex clause with references to other documents. Amendments should be clear. It is questionable whether a referendum was necessary; this should be referred to the Supreme Court. There was undue influence by an agency supported by US-related interests; there is no legislation to prevent this; there should be. The case for a Yes vote was not made convincingly by the politicians. We need an EU independent of NATO.
Name: Jason Cambridge
I would ask Mr Sarkozy to respect the democratic Process. When the people say No the mean NO! Mr Sarkozy, and the government of Brussels would want to look that word up in a dictionary.
Name: Liam Barry
Sarkozy should stop messing with rights of the Irish voters and accept what has happened, no second vote on this failed treaty
Name: Samuel Joseph Butler
In part my NO vote was influenced by my lack of trust in a government that idly allows their own people to die on hospital waiting lists. How could anyone trust these people?
Name: noel o connell
Location: cork city
No means no
Name: Dean Monks
Location: Frankfurt but from Dublin
Can you please tell President Sarkozy, that he should not be forcing the Irish people to bend to the will of another nation? We are a free independent country and should be allowed to exercise these rights.
Name: Mary Long
J'ai oubli, M Sarkozy, vous ne parlez pas l'anglais. Alors, Dmissionnez! Assez de l'tat rpressif, ce n'est pas parce que les franais ne vous aiment pas que vous serez mieux reu ailleurs. Allez vivre sur une le dserte avec Carla et laissez nous en paix. Nous ne voulons pas l'entendre elle non plus--surtout en chantant!
Name: Mary Long
Resign and give the French public another chance to choose a president! And definitely quit wearing the nine-inch high-heels. Move to some remote island with Carla. We don't want to see or hear from her either. Thank you, Ireland, for putting him in his place.
To President Nicolas Sarkozy, WE THE IRISH PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY MADE OUR VOICE CLEAR to the Lisbon Treaty. WE VOTED NO. If you gave your people a chance to Vote again they would vote NO also. Now back off.
Name: Eoin Delaney
Location: Lucan, Co Dublin
Mr Sarkozy, if you want the Irish to have a second vote, please provide the same opportunity for your own people. (and this time tell your foreign minister to keep his mouth shut during the process) (PS, I voted yes)
Name: Eilin Nic Fhloinn
The Irish people have rejected the Lisbon Treaty. For the treaty to be implemented it needs unanimity. We go forward as things stand at the moment, -nith Nice. Please stop trying to pressure Ireland into accepting something which is clearly unacceptable to the people.
He is acting like he is permanently the EU President and not only there for 6 months. If Ireland wanted to be part of a Dictatorship we would have joined with North Korea. He seems to forget that his own people rejected the Lisbon Treaty and if the EU was a free state all it citizens (300 million +) should be allowed to vote.
Name: Kevin Murphy
Mr. Sarkozy, the people of Ireland have expressed their opinion with a No vote. We feel that this Lisbon Treaty does not benefit the country at this moment in time and you should respect that and not try and force it down our throats.
Name: Rnan McAteer
Mr Sarkozy, forcing people re-vote on the Lisbon Treaty would be contrary to the ideals of democracy. Please accept the peoples' decision and use your EU Presidency to find a more progressive solution to EU unity. Welcome the Irish vote as an opportunity to discover exactly what European citizens want from the EU. If treated with respect, the Irish people will be ardent supporters of this community. Yours sincerely, Ronan McAteer An EU citizen
Name: Gerry Harte
Location: County Monaghan
President Sarkozy should engage his brain before his mouth as he has done more for the No campaign team than they ever could have hoped to achieve themselves by alienating the Irish voters. He is a bully and does not give two damns for the will of the Irish people. God help us if he is the best that they could come up with.
How's it goin'? Any Craic?
Name: Tracey Carroll
The Lisbon Treaty is a joke, not the idea of a treaty but the fact the no one has so far stood up and explained to the people of Europe what the changes and effects of this will be. or why there are so many huge issues not covered individually. the true meaning and implications are hidden in the confounding legal the treaty should be made in to normal language and the changes and effects be detailed and discussed and must be open to change where the clash with our own policies.
Name: Phil McGibney Jnr.
Coming from a country which tolerates truck drivers and farmers causing mayhem summer after summer with one protest after another. Surely you have not come here to 'tell' the Irish people how to vote? The Irish people have spoken as is there right to in a democracy. Take it on board and let us all move forward.
Name: Carol Vaudrion
Location: Celbridge, Co. Kildare
I am married to a French National and voted YES to Lisbon. We are, however, appalled at the arrogant attitude of Mr. Sarkozy towards the Irish people. He shows a total lack of respect for the democratic vote in Europe and I ask if the elections in France were to go against him would he ask his citizens to vote again? His comments and actions could be responsible for Ireland NEVER ratifying this treaty. He has shown distain to us as a people and to our politicians.
Name: Jonathan Dickson
Location: Co. Carlow.
NO, ca veut dire NON. We voted NO in democratic elections, after having considered the issues. By the eu's own rules the constitreaty is DEAD! Get over it, it is your problem, not Ireland's. Until you drop your fiercely anti-democratic stance, please go away, and quickly. JD.
Name: Martin Power
I would say the Lisbon Treaty is dead. Deal with that FACT!!! Telling the Irish to vote again is an insult and really makes a mockery of the claims the Yes side made about the Lisbon Treaty being about taking the EU more democratic. Where is the democracy in refusing to accept the vote of the Irish People?? Is it a democracy that's democratic as long as we vote the way we are told to by the likes of Sarkozy? No chance of that happening. Dream on Nicolas
Name: Damien Ryan
We said no that's final. Having ANOTHER vote on this is pointless. Accept our vote and move on. NO MEANS NO AND THAT'S FINAL!
I would say he is correct. If Ireland had the political clout of France and it saw a tiny turnout in a referendum throwing a reform process off track we too would be making noises about it. We Irish need to learn how to work with the system for our benefit rather than making trouble for everyone!
Name: Trasa Levine.
So proud of the Irish people who recognized they were being pushed into a decision that would rob them of their freedom. Unfortunately other EU members did not get that choice. I am horrified to see the Irish Government members are trying to twist the peoples' arm. Well they are the FAT CATS anyway and it would never affect them or their families. Imagine the 'GAUL'of Pres. Sarkozy going to Ireland to try change their minds... It would serve his purpose too. Give Democracy a change.
Name: Marie Cullen
Location: Los Angeles, California
I think the Irish people are very aware of the choice they made regarding the Lisbon Treaty. Why would the President of another country try to persuade them to do otherwise? Did they not have a Vote? Do you not trust their judgement? They know if it does go through that Brussels will then have a FREE Hand to make any Rules they want without the approval of other countries. The Irish people know what that feels like. It is rumoured that the other Members of EU did not get the chance to vote.
Name: David Hayes
Butt out Nicolas. It's supposed to be a democracy. You run your country whatever way you want and don't tell us how to run ours, thanks.
Name: pat Courtney
Location: cork city
I voted yes but if there's a second referendum I be voting NO, democracy MY ARSE, I was half informed on the last vote now I'm fully up to date on it. Modern day Nazism with out the killing just raping a country. So as you leave please take the Euro with you cos we would like our punt back.
Name: Catherine Cunningham
The EU will not succeed because of Lisbon; but it will definitely fail from the anger and alienation of its citizens. Your attitude and leadership style has convinced me that my YES vote was wrong. More power cannot be granted to an organisation which treats its smaller members with such contempt as you have shown for Ireland. Your relationship with George Bush shows you are like him and should not be in a position of power in Europe. Your elitist posture has damaged the EU.
Name: michael geoghegan
Location: jegub, france, but irish
Chere Presidente Sarkozy, Chez nous c'est le public qui vote...et on a dit non!!! Cest n'est pas au cause d'avoir profiter du Europe comm il a dit Mr Kuchner.... car de toute facon tout des pays va perdre des benifice..... Alorhs j'espair que vous comprendre le probleme apres votre visite chez nous....et je serai ravi de discuter au fond cette probleme en etant un Irlandais en France. Michael Geoghegan
Name: Mario Danneels
Dear Mr President, We will probably agree to and vote yes in a second referendum if you will let your wife fill the proposed post of President of the EU. Is mise, le meas, Mario Danneels