Brexit hardball: Ireland get ready
From the outset the Government has adopted a deliberate strategy to side with the European Union's 27 countries in negotiations between the EU and UK on Brexit, adopting a view that to diverge from Europe would be the worst possible position to take. This was a wise course to take.
Since his election, the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar has hardened Ireland's position in this regard, if anything, to apply increased public pressure on the UK to devise its own proposals to concur with the decision by referendum of its citizens to leave the EU.
Since that referendum, and the subsequent triggering of Article 50, negotiations between the EU and the UK has been tortuous to say the least, culminating to date in a European Council Summit last week which offered relatively encouraging signs that at least some progress can be made before the end of the year.