Wednesday 13 December 2017

Ireland should fight like demons for a green, white and orange Brexit

Our representatives should be Ireland's voice in Europe, not the voice of Europe in Ireland

Taoiseach Enda Kenny Photo: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images
Taoiseach Enda Kenny Photo: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images

Eilis O'Hanlon

At the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, Enda Kenny looked like a sci-fi fan who'd won a competition to meet the cast at a Star Wars convention.

The Taoiseach was just so pleased to be there. To be hanging out with the big boys. So pleased to be listened to indulgently, even if no one was actually paying attention.

Actually, forget Star Wars. Davos is more like a gathering of super villains at the end of a James Bond movie, carving up the world to their own satisfaction. You half-expect Angela Merkel to flick a switch and send anyone who suggests there might be, you know, a different way of doing things, even perhaps a better way, down into a shark-infested tank as a harsh but fair lesson on the perils of dissension.

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