Bruce Arnold

Chief Critic of the Irish Independent, writing about art, theatre, music and politics

Lisbon 'No' voters hold the key to salvation

The first Lisbon Treaty referendum vote in 2008 was an astonishing expression of the independent popular will in Ireland, rejecting the advice of the three main parties and insisting on an entirely different approach. That voice carried the day and should have been respected.

Even as the votes were being counted, Brian Cowen was planning to undermine the constitutional will of the people. After a second Lisbon Treaty campaign in 2009, filled with fear-mongering, deceit and the involvement of the European Union in a sovereign constitutional issue, the result of that first referendum was reversed. Read More...