Glenamaddy native Declan Ganley launched Libertas’ pan-European campaign for the 2009 Parliament elections at an event in Brussels on Thursday last.
Speaking at a press conference at Libertas’ newly opened European headquarters in Brussels, Mr. Ganley said that Libertas would field candidates across the European Union on a common pro-European platform of democracy, accountability and transparency. However, he failed to state if he would contest a seat in the North West constituency.
Mr. Ganley stated that Europeans have reached a crossroads: “If people want a strong and healthy Europe that is democratic and answerable to them, they should vote for a Libertas candidate. If they do not want Europe to succeed or if they are happy with the current undemocratic practises, then they should vote for an incumbent party. For those who weren’t given a vote on the Lisbon Treaty, this will be their referendum”.
Libertas stated that it will run candidates in every country where the candidates are of a high standard, committed to the Libertas’s pro-European stance and its platform of democracy, accountability and transparency aimed at bring European back to the people. The Libertas announcement coincided with the European summit at which the Irish government announced a second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.