Friday 19 January 2018

Independence sold

• I was interested to read the letters from Patrick Byrne and Craig O'Shaughnessy this week concerning EU political union and the euro.

The first country to endanger the euro was Greece, which deliberately falsified its figures to gain admittance to the euro club and the existing members failed to carry out due diligence in their haste to expand the membership.

Then we reflect on the Sideline column (Irish Independent July 9) which shows that Italian mafia groups earned more than €16bn last year through environmental crimes, all at the expense of the state and in some cases with the assistance of state authorities.

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