Brendan Keenan: Ten years on, it is time to discuss the implications for Ireland and the euro
THE idea of leaving the euro is one of those things we are not supposed to talk about. Too dangerous, don't you know. Actually, it probably is dangerous. It is a matter of judgment how much risk is worth running in the interests of open debate .
But, surely, the same thing cannot be said of talking about staying in the euro? Yet the blanket of silence on that is, if anything, even more complete.
I recall being asked, in 1999, when we would know if the new currency was a success. I replied -- a bit glibly -- "Ten years from now." It was a way both of avoiding the question and putting it so far in the future that the answer was bound to be clear by then.