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• Owen McNamara decries the decision to join the euro 10 years ago (Letters, January 4).

He declares that decision to be the result of us having been fooled by "Franco-German dictators".

He cites the Nice and Lisbon re-runs as taking place because they told us "to try again until we got it right".

Whether I agreed with it or not, I thought the decision to join the euro was taken by a democratically elected Irish government.

I also thought that the Irish electorate, like that in any other democracy, was entitled to change its mind about referendums, or indeed governments, if conditions changed.

A Leavy
Sutton, Dublin 13

Irish Independent