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Ireland must take all the help it can get to survive in a turbulent world

Dan O'Brien


Joining the Commonwealth and Nato would bolster the security of the State in these increasingly unstable times, argues Dan O'Brien

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LEVERAGE: China’s Xi Jinping

LEVERAGE: China’s Xi Jinping

LEVERAGE: China’s Xi Jinping

This is my penultimate column for the Sunday Independent. After writing for the paper for seven years, often on international affairs, it is an appropriate time to draw some threads together on how Ireland can navigate its way in the world during the turbulent times ahead.

For half a century, Ireland has had three vital relationships - with the UK, the EU and the US. Two decades ago, Ireland's world was as perfect as it was ever going to get. Bill Clinton was in the White House, Tony Blair was in Downing Street and EU membership was all gain and no pain. China was a distant dictatorship with little leverage in our part of the world.


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