Brendan Keenan: Once again, Ireland finds itself a mere pawn in a much bigger game
William or James; Wellington or Napoleon; King or Kaiser? The story of Ireland often seems to be that of a long-suffering pawn caught in the struggles of great powers. It feels a bit like that again.
It is not a comfortable feeling. Reading Irish history is often uncomfortable for a modern Irish citizen. No democrat could be on the side of the Stuart autocrats or the Prussian militarists but they were our enemy's enemy, and therefore our friend.
By that measure, if the EU Commission's competition arm is the enemy of Apple, does that make Apple our friend? Ever since the ruling was published, many Irish people have been writhing in discomfort at that thought.