Tuesday 6 December 2016

Standing up for Ireland doesn't make us anti-Europe

Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn has completely misjudged the public mood on the EU, writes Willie O'Dea

Published 08/05/2011 | 05:00

LISTENING to Michael Noonan praising the positive tax-return figures for the first few months of the year is like hearing a rooster taking the credit for the sun rising. The difference in this case is that the rooster didn't spend all of January and February telling everyone that those sunrises were merely illusions and that all was really darkness.

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Ireland's EU Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn was equally surprising during the week as she spoke to journalists in Brussels.

Our Commissioner took particular exception to what she perceived to be anti- European commentaries in Irish newspapers over Easter.

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