Tuesday 6 December 2016

Bruce Arnold: Like Lemass, we should not be in thrall to Europe

Published 09/01/2012 | 05:00

Whatever Lucinda Creighton may have meant in her reference to the possibility that we might 'revert to clinging on to the coattails of the UK', this is not our position

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Ronan Fanning developed an interesting argument in the 'Sunday Independent' a week ago. It was two-pronged. It had a debating dimension that attempted to be rational and historical, dealing with Ireland's relationship with Europe and invoking Sean Lemass as the main force in what he had to say.

Side by side with this, he put forward a highly political set of proposals dealing with the possible referendum later this year on the EU Intergovernmental Treaty and the likely attitudes to it of Sinn Fein, Fianna Fail, and the two government parties.

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