Friday February 21, 2020

Do we need a referendum?

The Crotty judgment of 1987 has determined how Ireland deals with European Union treaties but will that apply to the new fiscal compact, asks John O'Brennan.

18th December, 2011
Raymond Crotty speaking at a rally at the GPO against the Single European Act in 1987. Photo: Derek Speirs

The dramatic European Council meeting in Brussels ten days ago seems finally to have signalled a collective EU will toward resolution of the euro crisis. However, quite apart from the problems posed by Britain's latest lapse into self-imposed and self-defeating isolation, the big challenge ahead will lie in the ratification of the newly-minted fiscal compact.

Although there has been plenty of speculation that referendums would be held in multiple jurisdictions, Ireland might well find itself...

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