Friday 9 December 2016

Do we want to give up our sovereignty to an EU superstate?

Published 30/11/2015 | 02:30

David Cameron has pledged a UK referendum on EU membership
David Cameron has pledged a UK referendum on EU membership

As we stand on the threshold of 2016, consider the direction that Ireland may take as it looks to the future. Where do we see ourselves going? What are our ambitions and aspirations for this country? These decisions will shape the future and quality of life for our children, our grandchildren, and for many generations to come.

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Do we see ourselves being pushed, as we have been for a number of years by successive Irish governments, towards an increasingly undemocratic, federal, European Union super-state? Why is such an entity necessary? Whose interests does it serve? The Irish people rejected the Lisbon Treaty some years ago by way of referendum, but the Irish government of the time was told in no uncertain terms by the EU to go back to the Irish people and get the 'right' answer.

The debt forced on the Irish people after the economic crash of 2008 means that every citizen of Ireland, man, woman and child, has lost and lost big, more than €18,000 per person between 2009 and 2013. Over the same period The Netherlands and Germany actually gained over €33,000 and €19,000 per capita respectively.

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