Germany should not be allowed to call the shots any longer
We need to work together as a family for communal prosperity before it's too late, writes Carol Hunt
It would be farcical if it weren't so utterly tragic. This week Brian Lenihan reported that there was "considerable shock" among EU finance ministers at the "tone" of the debate in Ireland regarding the possibility of a bond default in the Irish banking sector. Good lord, who would have guessed that those hard-hitting finance boyos were so sensitive? Better have the smelling salts to hand, lads, because we haven't even started to mention the war yet.
In an online poll last week (thejournal.ie), the vast majority said that Michael O'Leary should be sent to Europe to negotiate on our behalf -- which should give those sensitive finance ministers a very good indication of how the Irish people feel the debt crisis should be handled.
Kowtowing to Trichet or Merkel is not on the agenda.