We don't all want Turkey to join EU
Published 01/06/2010 | 09:52
THE announcement by the Foreign Affairs Minister Micheal Martin that Ireland backs Turkey's application for membership of the European Community must have come as a shock to those of us who believed a similar announcement by our president while on a visit to Turkey was the expression of a personal wish only.
There are many in Ireland who would view the entry of Turkey into the EU as the death knell of the European ideal.
Apart from its huge and divided population, which would present problems for the cohesion of the community, the Turkish state has been guilty of massive and repeated crimes against humanity, against the Armenians, the Kurds, the people of Cyprus and against its own people.