Ireland can’t stall on Lisbon forever

Dealing with the fallout from the rejection of the Lisbon Treaty represents -a long with the economic downturn - the most serious political challenges for Brian Cowen’s government.

30th August, 2008

Dealing with the fallout from the rejection of the Lisbon Treaty represents -a long with the economic downturn - the most serious political challenges for Brian Cowen’s government.

Last week, in what was presumably the deliberate start of a process, the government for the first time raised the prospect of a second referendum. Minister for European Affairs Dick Roche floated the idea at a summer school; the Taoiseach did not shoot it down,...

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