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Ireland now suffering from own project fear

Published 05/09/2016

There seems to have been a seismic shift in the thinking of the republican Left in Ireland due to Brexit. Gone, seemingly, are their concerns over sovereignty, neutrality, austerity, and the big, bad bankers.

There hasn't been a peep out of them about water charges since the EU dictat that they must be paid. The days of No to Nice and No to Lisbon are well and truly over for them, and the EU are their new best mates.

This is an instinctive reaction on their part, based on fear, because they have realised that any break in ranks with the EU leaves Ireland with only one way to go - back towards the UK and Commonwealth.

Fear is evident across the Irish political spectrum regarding any decision-making (What will the EU think? What will the EU say? What will the EU do?).

Formulation of policy based on fear is not a good thing, except, perhaps, for the unelected EU officials dictating it to elected governments in countries like Ireland.

Instead, let Ireland embrace and exploit its social, cultural, historic, and economic links with the UK and nations such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, among others.

Peter Keating,

Co Cork

Belfast Telegraph

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