After Brexit, time for green jersey
The decision of a majority of citizens in the United Kingdom to vote to leave the European Union has raised all manner of difficult questions for the EU, the UK itself and also for Ireland, but now is a time for calm heads and calculated decisions of the kind that were notably absent during the Brexit campaign, stretching back to the foolhardy and self-serving decision of Prime Minister David Cameron to put such a complex question in such simple terms to the people of Britain.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has sought to reassure people here, and more specifically the business community and international investors in general, that Ireland has prepared a contingency plan to deal with the reverberations which will inevitably follow the outcome of the Brexit referendum. That is to be expected. More than any other country in the EU, Ireland has most to lose by the confounded decision of the world's fifth largest economy to turn its back on the mass market on its doorstep.
The Government which Mr Kenny leads, and the civil service and diplomatic teams which underpin it, will be tested as never before by that decision and collectively will now have to show itself to be astute in its constituent parts to minimise the undoubted impact on the economy and therefore society at large here. The consequences, no longer potential but now a reality, can not be overstated. But stated they must be.