Monday 22 January 2018

How perils of federalism are crushing European dream

We are on a steep learning curve as regards the national implications of federal arrangements, writes John-Paul McCarthy

PRIME Time's superb programme on the anniversary of the IMF-ECB bailout will resonate longer than the Cowen in Crisis series. It kept a disciplined focus on the principal actors and avoided the temptation to surrender the story to sundry talking heads.

The result was a riveting 50 minutes that seemed on occasion to collapse the barriers that separate our past from our present.

Listening to Eamon Ryan talk about how Ireland was railroaded into the dreaded 'facility' after a G20 conclave in South Korea and a Franco-German summit in Deauville, I bizarrely thought of the Ulster unionists.

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