Cóir works to protect Irish sovereignty and the Constitutional rights of every Irish person. We believe that the Lisbon Treaty is a step too far in the development of an EU Federal Super-State. Our Lisbon Information Campaign is organized and maintained by volunteers who wish to inform people on the Lisbon Treaty and on EU matters. We could always do with additional help, so if you’d like to help, you’d be very welcome.
Cóir is a voluntary non-profit organisation. It was established in 2003 after the re-run of the Nice Treaty but most of the work establishing volunteers and other campaign materials has taken place within the last two years. More than 2,000 people attended our 2008 information meetings, while that figure jumped to 2,600 people in 2009. Those volunteers are what make the vital difference to our campaign. But we could always do with more help!
In the campaign against the Lisbon Treaty (June 2008)
- Erected 10,500 posters all over the country
- Produced and distributed over 1 million leaflets
- Produced and distributed a Catholic Voters Guide
- Produced and distributed specific leaflets and cards for specific interests groups such as farmers, workers, prayers groups
- Produced and distributed 10,000 bumper stickers
- Established an information website with volunteers manning many email requests for information
- Erected advertisements on the both lines of the Luas in Dublin
- Held 15 information meetings around the country
- Produced a video on the treaty
- Took part in radio debates and print and broadcast interviews
- Issued press releases on a daily basis
- Organised nationwide canvassing teams all over the country who canvassed daily door-to-door, at shopping centres and at churches
- Placed strategic advertisments in newspapers
- Held a rally in Dublin’s O’Connell Street with street actors and razzmatazz.
- Shown a viral video on a huge screen in O’Connell Street attracting a large and interested audience.
- Organised volunteers to canvass the city centre, and dart and train stations at times of high pedestrian traffic
After the Campaign, Cóir were credited with mobilising large number of volunteers on the ground and having a very effective ground campaign which consisted of door-to-door canvassing and personal contact. Their highly effective, visual posters were quoted by both media and YES critics as "having won the poster war" (Noel Whelan, RTÉ). Cóir launched a Respect the Vote Campaign in October 2008 which asked the government of Ireland and the elites in the European Union to respect the vote of the Irish people. It made many people awareof the undemocratic nature of forcing the people to vote again on the same bad treaty.