Cóir Irish pronunciation: [koːɾʲ] (Irish for "justice") was a social Catholic, conservative Eurosceptic lobby group established to campaign against the Treaty of Lisbon which was approved by referendum in Ireland on 2 October 2009. The group claimed to have had approximately 2,600 campaign volunteers for the 6 months prior to the referendum.[1]

TypeCivil society
HeadquartersDublin, Ireland
Richard Greene

According to spokesman Brian Hickey, Cóir were considering registering as a political party. Hickey said he believed there was now room for a "patriotic, conservative and socially conscious party" to fill the "gap there in the Irish political spectrum".[2]


Political and religious standpointEdit

It claimed to be an independent group with members coming from different political backgrounds. It was generally more conservative than other Lisbon No vote campaigns, and included a number of individuals involved in social conservative issues.

Coir's ideology could be described as a blend of traditional Catholicism and Irish republicanism. It was however centre-left economically. In addition, it supported restrictions on immigration during times of economic decline.[3]

Former member of the Fianna Fáil party and former Dún Laoghaire and Rathdown Green Party Councillor, member of Muintir na hÉireann Richard Greene acted as spokesperson in the media.[4] Other figures who have represented Cóir include Niamh Uí Bhriain and Peter Murphy.[5]

No to Lisbon Treaty campaignEdit

Cóir advertised in the national and local media, notably in newspapers such as Alive!, Irish Family Press and also submitted letters on the subject to these publications. [6] Its spokespersons also had several opinion pieces in newspapers such as Irish Times, and appeared on local and national radio and TV.[7]

It has campaigned against the second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.[8] Greene, Uí Bhrian and Murphy, addressed the Sub-Committee on Ireland's Future in the European of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs in a heated debate.[9][10] Greene accused the committee of treason for not upholding the vote on the treaty.[11]

Criticisms of CóirEdit

The leader of Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin has alleged that the group is a "front organisation" of the pro-life group Youth Defence.[12] The organisation operates from the same building on Capel Street in Dublin as Youth Defence and the Pro-Life Alliance.[13]

Some members of religious organisations have criticised the organisation's stance on the Lisbon Treaty.[14]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ FITZGERALD, MARY (15 September 2009). "Team No – who's who, how they are funded and their strategy". Irish Times. Retrieved 15 September 2009.
  2. ^ MINIHAN, MARY (5 October 2009). "Anti-treaty Cóir may become political party, says spokesman". Irish Times. Retrieved 31 October 2009.
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  4. ^ Opposing sides of Lisbon debate will debrief Sarkozy by Mary Fitzgerald, Irish Times Monday, 21 July 2008.
  5. ^ Irish worries over abortion, tax fuel EU 'no' vote, Niamh Uí Bhriain Archived 7 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine quoted – EUBusiness, 9 June 2008.
  6. ^ Lisbon Treaty a big cause for concern by Niamh Uí Bhrian[permanent dead link] – Speakers' Corner, Alive! Catholic Monthly Newspaper, April 2008.
  7. ^ "Yes vote on Lisbon could open door for abortion". The Irish Times. 7 July 2009.
  8. ^ Second Lisbon vote confirms voters' fears by Richard Greene, Irish Times, Monday, 2 February 2009.
  9. ^ Ireland’s Future Engagement in the EU: Discussion with Cóir – JOINT COMMITTEE ON EUROPEAN AFFAIRS, Sub-Committee on Ireland's Future in the European Union, www.oireachtas.ie, Thursday, 20 November 2008.
  10. ^ Anti-Lisbon group attacks Oireachtas CommitteeRTÉ News, Thursday, 20 November 2008.
  11. ^ Module IIB:Ireland's future engagement in the EU Archived 7 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine Video Oireachtas website
  12. ^ Youth Defence is telling lies, says minister by Fionnan Sheahan, Irish Independent
  13. ^ O'BRIEN, CARL (1 September 2009). "Cóir makes no secret of its links to anti-abortion group". IrishTimes.com. Retrieved 1 September 2009.
  14. ^ "Bishops' stance on Coir welcome". Irish Independent. 4 June 2008.