Saturday 22 July 2017

If Merkel won't listen, then it may be time for Ireland to cut its own deal with the UK

Enda Kenny and Angela Merkel at their non-meeting of minds in Berlin on Tuesday. Photo: AP/Markus Schreiber
Enda Kenny and Angela Merkel at their non-meeting of minds in Berlin on Tuesday. Photo: AP/Markus Schreiber
Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

So much for Enda Kenny's much-trumpeted special relationship with Angela Merkel. With friends like the German Chancellor...

There's no sugar-coating it. Merkel's de facto dismissal of the suggestion that Ireland should be a 'special case' in the Brexit negotiations is a blow to our national interests.

Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised. Ireland's interests are always going to lag behind those of Germany, and the wider EU, in Merkel's mind.

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