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Lisbon not 'elitist or undemocratic'

Frank SchnittGer's demands (Letters, August 27) in relation to the Lisbon Treaty epitomise the self-contradictory attitude of much of the opposition to Lisbon.

On the one hand he says he wants to underline "the perceived elitist and undemocratic nature of the European project".

On the other hand he wants "increased powers for the directly elected European Parliament".

Does he not realise that by increasing the power of "the directly elected European Parliament" he is taking power away from the equally directly elected Irish Dail and is weakening the influence of the parliaments of other small countries?

Frank Schnittger should realise that when 27 democratically elected governments spend seven years negotiating a treaty it is neither "elitist nor undemocratic".

A LEAVY

SUTTON, DUBLIN 13