Brendan Keenan: At the mercy of a global economy
IT is may be our civic duty to vote, but one troubling undertone to the referendum campaign was that it really made little difference how the country voted.
As commentators struggled to identify the consequences of the result, a raft of dismal economic data from around the globe was a chill reminder that an Irish referendum cannot change the harsh realities of the euro crisis -- or Ireland's domestic problems.
There was some consolation that one of the few bits of bright news yesterday came from Ireland. The monthly survey of managers in manufacturing, which often gives a good early indication of activity, rose for the third month in a row.