Tuesday 20 February 2018

Fionnan Sheahan: The Government must learn from mistakes of previous referendums

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

IN fact, Irish voters more than most have reason to support restraints on the behaviour of their leaders. Twice in 40 years, venal politicians and incompetent or cowardly officials have brought the country to bankruptcy.

There is little sign that things have changed sufficiently to make one think it could not happen again. Although the details are open to criticism, the general terms of the fiscal compact are what any responsible government should do.

Outside surveillance is a loss of sovereignty -- but largely of the sovereign right to be irresponsible.

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