Opinion Letters

Saturday 20 January 2018

Letters: So, what has the EU ever done for us?

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at EU headquarters in Brussels
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at EU headquarters in Brussels

* I write in response to Paul Connolly's letter (January 9) on the benefits of Europe over the last 30 years. Firstly Ireland joined the EEC on May 10, 1972, which is actually nigh-on 42 years ago.

Mr Connolly points to Europe being good for farming. In 1974 the price of cattle completely collapsed and there was no sign of Europe. He contends that farming is now viable for a large section of the population, despite the fact that the number of farmers has nearly halved since the 1970s.

Mr Connolly also points to an Erasmus programme, yet he bemoans the fact that we don't learn European languages. What is the percentage of all third-level students who have gone on Erasmus?

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