Bruce Arnold

Critic of Public Affairs, writing about art, theatre, music and politics

We must reject calls to accept more EU control of our budgets

With Garret Fitz-Gerald's death, Ireland lost its greatest Euro-phile. He shaped the country's view of itself in Europe. He encouraged closer ties with Europe. This paved the way for the euro and Ireland's entry into the mechanism, the worst mistake in our economic history.

He was responsible for later generations of dedicated Irish Europeans, 'Yes' voters in the first Lisbon referendum. They lost that and Europhiles have been losing the plot ever since. Read More...