Published 06/12/2011 | 05:00
•It is with a little bit of sadness that I watch Ireland slowly become a sub-state of Germany's federal Europe. Whilst I believe it is by far the best thing that can happen now, I cannot but reflect upon what might have been.
Ireland had the potential to become a wholly independent boutique little country on the western edge of Europe, trading quality agriculture, tourism, fishing, green energy, multinational R&D and natural resources; it would be a beautiful uncluttered place to live, confidently managing its place in the world.
Alas, we never raised our game to that of a true republic. The standard of our governance never got beyond juvenile local politics; we were immersed in conning authority even though it was ourselves we were conning and ensuring that we staggered from one bout of mass emigration to another.