Ireland is no longer viewed as a credible voice on key issues in Brussels

Dublin now finds itself an onlooker of the EU integration process

‘Ireland’s entire economic model is predicated on EU membership and on attracting US investment through low business taxes.’ Photograph: iStock

‘Ireland’s entire economic model is predicated on EU membership and on attracting US investment through low business taxes.’ Photograph: iStock

Ireland loves to trot out the well-worn trope of being the most “pro-European” of all EU member states. The findings of some Eurobarometer surveys are duly commended as marking Ireland out as a bastion of European ideals. After all, we are proud to see ourselves – particularly after Brexit – as dutifully contributing to the process of European integration.

Even the French president Emmanuel Macron – he of the common corporate tax ideal – assures us that Ireland “occupies a precious place in the heart of the European Union”.

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