Monday 19 March 2018

Declan Ganley campaigns for a united states of Europe

Fionnan Sheahan Political Editor

NO to Lisbon Treaty campaigner Declan Ganley last night hinted he was on the way to setting up his second EU-wide political party.

Denying he was ever anti-European, Mr Ganley is setting up a new organisation to campaign for a united states of Europe.

"That could end up being something that is very politically active in the years to come," he said.

The Galway-based businessman was the former leader of the Libertas organisation and political party.

He campaigned against the defeated first Lisbon Treaty referendum in this country in 2008.

But his foray into electoral politics was less successful. He led Libertas in the 2009 European elections, where it ran candidates across the EU, but, only one candidate won a seat.

He also failed to win a seat in the Ireland North-West constituency of Connaught-Ulster.

Mr Ganley sought a second 'No' vote in October 2009, but this referendum was passed.

He said yesterday he has advocated a Federal Europe since 2004 and wants the EU to become more federalised and democratic.

He also wants the euro currency to remain.

"Medium to long term, allowing the euro to fail or allowing anybody to pull out of it right now, unleashes centrifugal forces that would put the whole European project at risk and I would much rather not see that happen," he said.

Irish Independent

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