The EU has lost its way - we should leave now and join our economic forces with Britain
The 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome coincided with the UK invoking Article 50 of that same Treaty to exit Europe.
In fact, what will unfold over the next three to five years is less about the UK exiting Europe than it is about leaving what Europe has now become. This speaks powerfully to Ireland's own experience of the 'new' Europe during the financial crisis and to our now marginal status.
Behind the proclamations of "solidarity" by the dominant European elite in recent weeks is the reality of a supranational entity that is fragmented three ways: the prosperous and powerful 'core', configured around Germany; the indebted and vulnerable peripheral economies regarded at times with contempt by the centre; and, thirdly, the eastern bloc that is fixated on phantom-fears, fostered by ludicrous Nato propaganda, of imminent Russian 'aggression'.