Thursday October 22, 2020

Ireland’s freedom has been sold - never to return

When the troika arrived in Ireland in November 2010, the government agreed to punishing cutbacks that made it a poster child for austerity. Just over a year on from the arrival of EU and IMF officials, Browne argues that Irish ministers have forever compromised the country’s sovereignty.

30th July, 2017
Ajai Chopra of the IMF and a colleague on their way to the Central Bank for government taks in November 2010 Pic: Ap Photo/Peter Morrison

November 28, ‘Dependence Day’, should be commemorated each year as the most crucial date in the calendar of the Irish state since independence.

It is the anniversary of the surrender of the substance of Irish sovereignty in 2010, a surrender that will not be undone perhaps for a century or more.

The living representation of that surrender is at present in one of Dublin’s most expensive hotels, the Merrion, in the person of the people...

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