Lise Hand: What has Europe ever done for us, apart from roads, jobs and education
IT may have been Europe Day yesterday, but it felt like just another manic, depressing Monday in Dublin.
Where were the floats in a big parade? Why didn't the citizenry get the day off work to toast the 61st anniversary of the Schuman Declaration (the wheeze which kicked off the European Union in May 1950)? Where were the hordes of joyous Europhiles waving blue flags with little yellow stars and clutching posters of our beloved leaders, Olli Rehn, Jean-Claude Trichet and Jose-Manuel Barroso?
Instead, the people of Ireland just went about their business as usual -- or at least those dwindling numbers of us who have business to go about.