YOUTH campaign group Generation YES is back and is saying ‘Yes’ to the referendum on the stability treaty. The group, which formed to burst the bubble on myths around the Lisbon Treaty, have re-launched to challenge what they see as fear-mongering on both sides of the debate on the stability treaty with an online campaign.
Andrew Byrne, Executive Director of Generation YES, says: “We want to present the facts on the stability treaty in a no-nonsense way and we are determined to take on lies and mistruths that anyone else – on the Yes or No sides – spreads in the campaign.
“We’re not going to waste anyone’s time with slogans like “Yes to Jobs”, with baseless threats or poorly informed statements. We know this treaty isn’t a solution to all of Europe’s problems but after taking the time to read carefully through the text, research the economic, legal and political arguments, we have no doubt that voting Yes is the right thing to do.”
The Generation YES campaign will focus on the online space to reach their 18-35 year old audience. Generationyes.ie went live yesterday and will post the facts on the treaty that no one else is talking about. What marks the website out among Yes campaigns is its forceful, no-nonsense arguments backed up with solid evidence. The GenYES facebook page, which has over 4,000 followers, and twitter accounts have already been reactivated.
“The members of Generation YES have come together again because thus far no other group is answering our questions or discussing the issues we want raised. We want a realistic, frank debate on the facts and we will make sure that our generation gets that debate, “ adds Byrne.
A group of young people formed Generation YES in 2009 out of a sense that the political establishment had failed to speak to them during the first referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. The group’s objective is to bring the debate on Europe back to the facts.
It is great to see Gen Yes back!
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