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Sunday 20 April 2014

EU is not the EEC

• I feel I must take issue with the sentiments expressed, and some of the assertions made, by Hans Zomer ('EU Hope', Letters, January 4).

This year, in fact, represents the 40th anniversary of Ireland's entry into the European Economic Community (EEC), an organisation that is a far cry from the EU that exists today. The EU was only established by the Maastricht Treaty of 1993, despite the apparently revisionist view taken by some Europhiles.

Mr Zomer also claims that this is a year "to celebrate the role of 'people power' in shaping a fairer Ireland, Europe and global community". Yet Martin Schultz, president of the European Parliament, appeared to completely dismiss the will of the people when he said "we must not bow to populism", when referring to the Irish people's 'no' vote in the 2008 Lisbon Treaty referendum. What power do citizens have when democracy is dismissed so casually by those who hold the reins of power?

Ireland's EU presidency will no doubt result in a large volume of media coverage of European issues and the EU as a whole. I just hope it will be balanced coverage and not pro-EU propaganda.

Simon O'Connor
Crumlin, Dublin 12

Irish Independent

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