John Bruton: 'Why it is utterly undemocratic to deny second UK referendum'
The underlying organising principle of the UK constitutional system has been that parliament, not the monarch, and not people by referendum, is...
The underlying organising principle of the UK constitutional system has been that parliament, not the monarch, and not people by referendum, is...
The terms of Brexit are crucial for Ireland. But so is how Ireland locates itself in the EU after Brexit. French President Emmanuel Macron has written...
It puzzles many people in Britain that something known as an "Irish backstop" should be at the...
The G20 meeting in Argentina, which takes place this weekend, could prove to be as momentous for Ireland as the Brexit vote in the House of...
The worst possible outcome of Brexit for Ireland would be the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal next March because the UK parliament...
Crunch decisions are approaching for Italy and its new prime minister, Paolo Gentiloni.
Even if the UK stays in the EU customs union, there are huge risks that new invisible barriers will be created to trade across the Border in Ireland, and between Ireland and Britain. Ireland must use every legal means available to prevent this damage, including making full use of all the institutions set up in the Good Friday Agreement.
Many Irish firms, and firms from other EU states, have extensive investments and trading interests in the UK. Indeed, this must one of the most intense investment relationships in the world.
I am in the United States this week, and finding out how people here feel about the presidential election.
The EU Commission's decision that Ireland must collect €13bn in back taxes from Apple has created quite a sensation. Most people agree that multinational companies can, and should, pay more tax. That general goal of the European Commission is widely supported.
Now the UK has voted to leave the EU, the first step has to be taken by the British government. It must decide what sort of relationship it wants to have, trade-wise, with the rest of the world.
Apart from Brexit, the other big European task facing our new Government must be fireproofing the euro against global financial turbulence.
The integration of the global economy is under threat. Not only is the UK considering leaving the EU, but all four US presidential candidates want...
Dick Burke was a successful European Commissioner on two occasions. He was responsible, after the 1982 Greek elections, in the negotiation with...
The new Dáil is entering unknown territory. No party, or group of parties that is willing to coalesce, has a prospect of forming a majority government. In response to this, a case is being...
Brexit is not the only problem challenging the integrity of the EU's single market. Last week the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ordered the Polish government to stop appointing new judges.
Obviously, by far the best outcome of the Brexit negotiations for Ireland would be if the UK, having explored the consequences of real negotiation, could be persuaded to change its mind and stay in the EU after all.
I believe conditions can be created in which the UK voters could decide not to leave the EU at all.
Once Theresa May said she was insisting on immigration controls, rejecting the jurisdiction of the ECJ, and making trade deals with non-European Union countries, a 'hard' Brexit - along the lines of the model in her speech yesterday - became inevitable.
The recent reports by the House of Lords sub-committee on Europe illustrate how complicated the Brexit negotiations will inevitably become.
The loss of Peter Barry will be felt deeply throughout Ireland, but particularly in the city of Cork to which he devoted a life of public service.
Interest rates are low, so it should be attractive for companies to borrow to invest in new products and markets. But American companies are not doing so to the extent we hoped for. Instead, they are spending about $500bn every year buying back their own shares.
Now that the UK has decided to leave, the next big problem facing the EU is the constitutional reform referendum in Italy later this year.
Disengaging the UK from the EU will be like undoing all the stitching of a patchwork quilt and then restitching some parts of the quilt together, while making a new quilt of the rest.
There is no denying that the Brexit decision is a blow to the EU. The response of the EU will be pivotal.
Gene Kerrigan said on January 3 that he does not think John Redmond should have supported voluntary recruitment to the UK Army in 1914, and, from that questionable proposition, he leaps to the conclusion that the 1916 Rebellion was both necessary and right.
The clash between Saudi Arabia and Iran over the execution of a Saudi cleric of Shia Muslim faith, Nimr al-Nimr, and the occupation of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran in retaliation for that, is deeply worrying for many reasons.
I was in China this week. The purpose of the visit was to promote Chinese investment in Ireland. I met the Irish Ambassador, Paul Kavanagh and his team, who are working very hard to promote links between Ireland and what is now the largest economy in the world.
Can China re engineer its economy without crashing? Will the Chinese Communist leadership be able to communicate the need for major changes, both to its own people, and to global financial markets whose confidence must be maintained?
Are the conditions being imposed on Greece too severe?
Because of its classical past as the founder of democracy, Greece was treated more tolerantly than other countries would have been when, during the 19th century, it defaulted several times on its commercial creditors.
The British Government's plan to renegotiate the terms of its membership of the EU does not come at a good time. The EU is tackling the possibility of Greece leaving the euro, and Ukraine going bankrupt while simultaneously being dismantled by force by Russia.
The self-declared Conservative and Unionist Party won the General Election in England by harnessing English nationalism, and the Scottish Nationalists did the same in Scotland by harnessing Scottish nationalism. The two nations, by the rhetoric of their election campaigns, have thus set themselves on a collision course.
If Greece defaults on its debts, and leaves the euro, the effects will be very hard to calculate.
I write about the following matter with some feeling because, like others, I have devoted a significant amount of time and effort over 10 years or more to creating conditions in which, as part of a wider settlement, nationalists and unionists would share power and responsibility in the North.
The rebellion of Easter Week 1916 was one of the formative events in Irish history and one of a number of events that led to the independence we now enjoy.
It remains unclear whether Greece will reach an acceptable deal with its creditors, which are mainly other European Governments.
There already have been two or three inquiries by outside experts into the things that went wrong in Ireland between 2000 and 2008, that led to the banking crisis. Now that ground is being traversed again by a committee of elected politicians. What extra value can this Oireachtas Inquiry add to what has been found by the expert inquiries?
Professor Ronan Fanning, in his article in the Sunday Independent of December 7 attacking the lecture I gave to the Wexford Historical Society, seems to think it is appropriate for political parties to vie for "ownership" of a "legacy" of the 1916 Rising. It is as if he sees this event, 100 years ago, as a piece of political real estate, over which parties may stake rival claims.
The European Union is a union of sovereign states, which are sovereign in that they are entirely free to leave the EU. This freedom to leave means the EU is not a "super state". There is no coercive force, no EU army to force Britain or any other country to remain in the EU. Britain enjoys a freedom within the EU that colonies did not enjoy within the British Empire or other European...
History: The Home Rule Crisis 1912-14 edited by Gabriel Doherty. Mercier Press, pbk, €19.99
Some say religion and politics should not mix. But one cannot fully understand Ian Paisley without understanding biblical tradition from which he sprang. Calculation, religious conviction and the changed perception of paramilitarism after 9/11, explain why Dr Ian Paisley eventually became 'Dr Yes'
On August 1, 1975, the then Taoiseach, Liam Cosgrave, was one of the signatories of the Helsinki Final Act governing relations between European states. He signed along with the United States, all other European countries (except Albania) and the USSR, which at the time encompassed both Russia and Ukraine.
In 2016, there will be extensive commemoration of the centenary of the 1916 Rising.
THE solution to an employment crisis is job creation. Faced with a drought, the response is pretty simple – the first thing you do is source water, as much of it as possible, as quickly as possible, from anywhere it is available.
It is difficult to understand why David Cameron has decided to expend so much of the UK's limited political capital in the EU on a bid to stop Jean Claude Juncker becoming President of the European Commission. The timing of his campaign, at this late stage when the European Parliament elections are over, is disastrous.
Adolf Hitler's 1938 threats to, and eventual occupation of, Czechoslovakia bore some similarities to what is now happening between Russian president Vladimir Putin and Ukraine.
Two weeks running, the Sunday Independent has devoted many pages to personal criticism of me.
THE Conservative plan, as set out in David Cameron's speech, is to try to renegotiate the terms of UK membership in the EU, if it wins the next general election, and put the terms to a referendum.
GARRET FitzGerald will stand out as a man who changed Ireland. He changed our attitudes to the Northern question, helping us to see it as a matter of people and their allegiance and how these can best be respected, and no longer simply as a matter of territorial claim and counterclaim.
Richard Mulcahy was one of the key figures in the fight for Irish independence and the establishment of the Irish State. He was second-in-command to Thomas Ashe during the 1916 Rising, was interned and on his release became commandant of the Dublin Brigade of the Irish Volunteers.
This book, a bestseller in the US last year, has now been published on this side of the Atlantic and makes a thought-provoking read. The author, George Friedman, is the founder of Stratfor, a Texas-based strategic intelligence consultancy advising many major US corporations. Although described as a conservative Republican, his views would mirror those of many foreign policy realists in both parties. He assumes that military and economic power determine the future. As he puts it, "anger does not make history, power does".
Can there be a better topic for a book at the moment? Niall Ferguson tells the story of the development of money -- a means of exchange that depends on trust -- from its earliest origins in ancient Mesopotamia, when clay tokens were used, to the dominance of gold in the later Middle Ages, to the scrapping of usury laws in 1833 which allowed an expansion of interest-bearing loans and paper money.
The Post-American World
This book tells us much that is new about John Redmond -- about his parents' troubled marriage, the loss of his first wife, his support for temperance, his work for prisoners and his founding of the Irish Independent. It details his role in the Parnell split and in re-uniting the Irish Party in 1900. And it shows how Redmond's tireless speechmaking throughout Britain, Australia and America over 30 years convinced the world that Ireland was capable of self- government.
The making of the Irish Constitution 1937
1916 -- The Long Revolution
GERRY TORSNEY died last weekend in New York at the age of 49. A Dubliner, he studied history and economics at UCD, obtaining a BA in 1977 and an MA in 1980. He wrote amusingly of that time, in a recent history of the Literary and Historical Society.
THE launch by consensus of the draft European Union Constitution Treaty by the Convention is an event that genuinely deserves the description as historic.
THE aim of the Praesidium of the Convention on the Future of Europe's draft constitution is to have simple answers to some obvious questions about the European Union. Who does what? What may the European Union do and what is it forbidden to do? Who takes responsibility if things go wrong? Clear answers to these questions are vital if there is to be true democratic control in Europe.
A judicial tribunal could restart the Good Friday Agreement on a more solid foundation than before one based on truth, writes John Bruton
THE NICE Treaty is a positive advance for Ireland in three key areas.
TODAY October 18 the Forum on Europe holds its first session in St Patrick's Hall in Dublin Castle. It was announced as part of the Taoiseach's response to the people's rejection of the Nice Treaty.
IN AN article last week Gerry Adams complained about "senior representatives" of all the main parties in the South campaigning against Sinn Fein in the recent Westminster elections, and went on to say that other nationalist parties, including SDLP, were using the decommissioning issue in a "futile attempt to arrest the growth of Irish Republicanism."
I BELIEVE the Irish people's rejection of the Treaty of Nice is only the tip of a dangerous iceberg. Unless the European Union's institutions are felt to belong to all the people of Europe, they could break asunder when they face their first real test. That test could come when
I REMEMBER being told by one of my economics lecturers in the 1960's that the fastest rate at which the Irish economy could grow, without overheating dangerously, was 3pc a year.
IT is vital for the sake of students and for the sake of the Government and the ASTI, that an urgent way out of the current stand-off about public exam
YESTERDAY Morning Mary Harney said she was "very surprised" by the European Commission opinion and recommendation on the Irish economy. She hoped that,
TDs and former TDs should be setting a good example, not a bad one, in regard to co-operation with tribunals. Something can, and must, be done about this to make sure tribunals work and that TDs co-operate.
LAST WEEK the Chief Economist of one of our banks (Jim Power, Bank of Ireland) said that the euro was ``virtually in freefall''. The euro has indeed fallen recently. This is because investment funds have been pouring from Europe over to America, attracted by superior return on US equity markets.
THE POLICY document Fine Gael launched yesterday Ireland Plus - is not just about immigration, it is about integration too. Immigrants must be well received, treated with courtesy and dignity and given any opportunity to work in Ireland. But they must also be given the chance to absorb our history, culture and integrate with the communities they live in. They must feel a part of Ireland.
THE Government's "National Development Plan" is just a compromise compendium of projects drawn from the wish lists of individual Government Departments. It is like a disassembled jigsaw lots of pieces but no overall picture.
WE SHOULD not lose sight of why we want all the Ansbacher names released in a proper way.There is public outrage about systematic tax evasion. This outrage jeopardises the achievement of a new national pay agreement. It is vital to social progress and to national competitiveness that we have social peace and a pay agreement.