Monday June 1, 2020

Why Ireland needs a permanent citizens’ assembly on Europe

Irish people’s support for the European Union is likely to come under serious pressure in the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis. Any new government must do more to inform us about – and participate in – crucial decision-making on EU issues, write Dr Mary C Murphy and Dr John O’Brennan

10th May, 2020
German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron Picture: Getty

In the last four years, positive Irish attitudes towards the EU have been heavily influenced by Europe’s strong support for Ireland’s position during the Brexit crisis.

But although we are now approaching another acute phase of the Brexit talks, there are signs that Irish voters are looking afresh at the EU. In particular, the unprecedented fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic is producing more critical and cautious views on Ireland’s membership of...

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