We need a vote on the new EU fiscal treaty

The fiscal compact needs a referendum if it is going to be worth anything - otherwise, it will be of symbolic value only, writes Eoin O'Malley.

29th January, 2012
We need a vote on the new EU fiscal treaty
Irish ministers want to avoid another EU referendum. Photo: Photocall

The myth of Ulysses and the Sirens tells the story of a Greek king who wants to hear the beautiful songs of the Sirens, but does not want his ship to founder on the rocks where the Sirens live. He knows that, on hearing the songs, he would inevitably try to draw his ship closer and perish on the rocks. Ulysses solves the problem by tying himself to the mast and putting wax in the...

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