Saturday 17 March 2018

Why we must say Yes to the fiscal treaty

Today, in the referendum on the European fiscal treaty, our maturity as a democratic society will be tested as never before.

There was a time when Irish citizens could play games with issues of enormous moment and get away with it. That time has gone. A majority voted No in the Nice and Lisbon referendums at the first time of asking, and later reversed both decisions. Today we must make a decision whose consequences could be both disastrous and irreversible.

What is at stake? In the first place, a further diminution of our economic sovereignty. But that is unavoidable, whether or not the European Union moves closer to integration.

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