•I don't see why the Government should express either embarrassment or shock at revelations that the German parliament is examining our Budget -- before the Dail even gets a chance. Everyone knows our government no longer runs this country themselves, despite a pretence of doing so.
There seems to be a culture both among the Government and state agencies of not regarding this as a sovereign state, accountable to the electorate, when it comes to dealing with 'real' countries like the US and Germany.
Back in November 2006 we heard how the Dail had to get garda intelligence on supposed Al Qa'ida activity here from declassified US State Department documents. We have had to put up with the US using Shannon as a fuelling stop on the way to a war we are not supposed to be part of in Iraq.