Sunday 25 June 2017

Brendan Keenan: Sense of foreboding hangs over 2017 - but grounds for hope too

‘An end to formal UK membership combined with maximum access to markets is the best option for the British economy, but also, paradoxically, for the EU itself’. Photo: PA
‘An end to formal UK membership combined with maximum access to markets is the best option for the British economy, but also, paradoxically, for the EU itself’. Photo: PA
Brendan Keenan

Brendan Keenan

NEW Year, they tell us, is a time of hope - but there is a strange feeling in the air. For 2017, the dominant feeling is not hope, but foreboding - a good old Saxon word for fear of what the future may bring.

The reasons it is in the air are all too obvious - President Trump, Brexit, stresses on Europe in general, and the Euro in particular. Like tight shoes deflecting the pain of a headache, these mighty issues have pushed aside another cause for concern - the state of Irish politics.

The boding tremblers worry that any or all of these might turn out badly this year, which would indeed be cause for alarm. In the spirit of the week that's in it though, it is worth looking at the ways in which things might turn out better than feared - and why some of them really do need to be dealt with, not just fretted over.

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