Tuesday 24 April 2018

Willie O'Dea: EU unmoved by Kenny's inaction

After 15 months in power, the Government is yet to spell out a plan for dealing with Europe, writes Willie O'Dea

Willie O'Dea

What a difference a week makes, or in this case doesn't make. Last week I was reflecting on how the people decided to pass the fiscal treaty despite the actions (or should that be inactions) of the Taoiseach.

In the seven days since that, we have heard several senior EU figures ruling out relief or restructuring of Ireland's bank debt. These unwelcome and negative statements from Brussels, Berlin and Frankfurt have been followed by the usual chorus of equally negative and unconstructive responses from euro sceptics here.

The basic point they appear to miss is that the unhelpful comments from the EU are the logical and direct consequence of the refusal of the Taoiseach and his colleagues to show any ambition or urgency on the matter.

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