Time to end our wink and nod, buffet-style approach to European affairs

Isn’t it time – after 50 years – for a little realism on Ireland’s role in the European Union?

Unfortunately, even in 2022, Dublin just keeps pumping out the same old tunes. And while the narrative of the Emerald Isle throwing off the shackles of its oppressed past and transforming itself into a global economic dynamo is obviously appealing, it’s not a real strategy for continued success at European level. Especially, if you’ve been singing the same song for decades around the fringes of every EU meeting you’ve been invited to attend.

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