Sunday 18 March 2018

Only salvation is to leave the eurozone

If Ireland wants a better future they will have to take the initial pain and fight just like the heroes of 1916, writes Frederick Forsyth

Frederick Forsyth

'Must we but weep o'er days more blest? Must we but weep? Our fathers bled.'

Forgive me for starting an article with a quote from an English poet, though I hope we can agree George Byron was rather a good one. What he was mourning was what he saw as the steady degeneration into impotence of a land he had once respected and admired. His own. I suspect such thoughts cannot be a thousand miles from the minds of many Irish men and women as they contemplate 2012.

This week Germany and France will table proposals for massive changes in the relationship between the two nations, the effective masters of the eurozone now, and the other 15 members.

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