Did we need to hold a referendum at all?
The Government would have been better off taking its chances with ratification, writes Charles Lysaght
It must puzzle our fellow members of the European Union why we alone of all its members felt compelled to hold a referendum before ratifying the Lisbon treaty.
During the debates in the Dail on the proposed amendment of the Constitution that was put to the people in the recent referendum, Fine Gael TD Tom Hayes asked why it was necessary to amend the Constitution in order to ratify the Lisbon Treaty.
The only explanation that he got from government spokesmen was that the Attorney General said so.