Brendan Keenan: Ten years on, it is time to discuss the implications for Ireland and the euro
Published 14/01/2010 | 05:00
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.