It is true I am afraid Bagel and John. It makes no sense that you thought for your independence from us yet you have signed up to the Euro. You have ceased to become a democracy. Any country which cannot decide its own economic destiny is not a democracy. I love Ireland and I love the Irish people, but in matters to do with the EU you are very brainwashed. Yes, your economy grew over the last 20 years, but that was courtesy of the rather generous subsidies you received from the EU, of which Germany and the UK are the biggest net contributors. We have basically subsidised you when that money should have gone on making our infrastructure better. It's like what London does for Scotland but on a much larger scale.
Ireland and the majority of the EU countries have always got more back then they put in. The UK has nearly always got less back then it has put in.
Not true mtuk1. Germany did not invade us and force us to join. They will not force us to stay if we ever decide to vote ourselves out. We are part of a union that has invested millions in this country since 1973. As part of the euro or ass was saved when the sh.. hit the fan a few years ago. Without our partners in Europe we would be still struggling today rather than a recovering as we are. Joining the euro and Europe was a strategic and democratic decision taken freely by us to advance ireland.
We may not like all the decision from the union but a thousand times we are better in than out.
This may not be a perfect country by any means but there aren't many countries in the world I would prefer to have brought up my kids in. Our health service despite its faults is up there with the best. We turn out a high percentage lf our youth as well educated and skilled adults and this is done for the most part at a very low cost to them or their family. Our welfare system to thoes that need it is generous to say the least. No one need starve, or for the most part be homeless.
We are not even 100 years old as an independent Republic yet but this country has dragged itself from practical a 3rd world economy to a modern vibrant one with many strings to its bow. While as a country we make plenty of bad decisions at least they are ours to make, and fix.
I could say plenty more but I am sitting down to watch the final with my German and English sister in laws and the kids, as an equal, and not as a subject.
With a government like our's - a redhead ex-primary school teacher as Taoiseach and a labour dog like Joan 'moan' Burton as head of other coalition party, we are only going one way and that is down.
We still have no free health care (sorry nothing is free in life but at least the French and Germans etc have great health care from the taxes they pay)...we pay high taxes in Ireland and are still denied free health care...I feel that we should be run from Germany for the foreseeable future.. what can a bogman from Mayo in the west of Ireland do to get the country going again?? Zero.
Most if not everything works well on the continent (bar Spain and Portugal) but in Ireland everything is problematic. We still send our kids to school with sandwiches and bovril (no free or subsidised school lunches in Ireland and not subsidized creches or holidays for children like in France 'colonies de Vacances') and we still expect sick people to pay for each visit to the doctor (anything from 40 to 80 euro a visit) and the pharmacy unless you are on the breadline.
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