Friday 26 May 2017

Maurice Hayes: It's time for Oireachtas to reassert our sovereignty

Maurice Hayes

Maurice Hayes

IT is a tale of two cities, Belfast and Dublin, and of two assemblies. One is a true quasi-parliament and the other claims to be the full fig; one claims sovereignty that it does not have, the other is apparently willing to give what it has away to the Executive and to shadowy figures in the social partnership.

In the North, parties refuse to accept Tory cuts, demanding a better deal from the chancellor and the honouring of an imprecise commitment made by the former government in better times.

They are quite entitled to fight their corner to the end. But when the chips are down they must accept the constitutional position: that they are a subordinate regional administration, lacking taxing powers.

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