Friday 24 November 2017

John Bruton: The touching faith of Sinn Fein ... and why Shane Ross is too clever by half

Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald pictured outside Leinster House with a Sinn Fein Poster Calling for a NO Vote and a Fine Gael/Labour [ calling for a yes vote]in the upcoming Fiscal Treaty Referendum. Photo: Frank McGrath
Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald pictured outside Leinster House with a Sinn Fein Poster Calling for a NO Vote and a Fine Gael/Labour [ calling for a yes vote]in the upcoming Fiscal Treaty Referendum. Photo: Frank McGrath

ONE of the remarkable revelations of this Referendum campaign is the touching faith Sinn Fein now has in the altruism and high mindedness of the EU.

Sinn Fein say they believe that, even if Ireland rejects a Fiscal Treaty that explicitly says only those who ratify it will be eligible to apply for the ESM, the other EU countries so love Ireland, that they will break the rules, and give us money from the ESM anyway, even if that means taking money away from countries who have ratified it.

This level of Europhilia must be without precedent, especially from a party that is actually opposed to EU membership. It raises questions about Sinn Fein’s previous stance on the EU. But that is for another day.

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