Friday 24 November 2017

Time to act with our nation al interests at heart

We could do worse than to consider an offer of help from our nearest neighbours, writes Ronan Fanning

A poignant consequence of last week's humiliating surrender of our economic sovereignty has been the orgy of half-baked reflection on how the founding fathers of independent Ireland would have reacted.

The most apposite passage in the 1916 Proclamation, it seems to me, is that pregnant phrase hailing the Germans as our "gallant allies in Europe".

This was a continuation of the long-standing tradition whereby Irish opponents of the British connection sought support from Britain's most powerful European enemy: Phillip II's Spain, Napoleonic France and, in 1916, the Kaiser's Germany.

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