Saturday 3 December 2016

If Ireland has friends in Europe like these...

Published 13/09/2016 | 02:30

Patronising: Nicolas Sarkozy (right) and Taoiseach Enda Kenny in 2012
Patronising: Nicolas Sarkozy (right) and Taoiseach Enda Kenny in 2012

Following on from the two excellent articles by INM columnists - Colm McCarthy: 'Ireland has no special place in the affections of our "allies" in Europe' ('Sunday Independent', September 11) and Brendan Keenan: 'Once again, Ireland finds itself a mere pawn in a much bigger game' (Irish Independent, September 10) - I think it is important that the penny drops with the Irish people that we don't have, and probably never had, 'any friends' in Europe.

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This clichéd expression was used as nauseam over the years by our politicians when it came to various referenda to sell the virtues of the EU and its institutions.

Yet it is pretty clear with the Apple ruling that Ireland is once again being used as some sort of guinea pig, just like we were with the whole austerity agenda.

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