Reflection on Eire’s EU ‘marriage’ as von der Leyen addresses politicians



go to by Ursula von der Leyen to Dublin prompted politicians to mirror on the advantages of EU membership, with some taking the chance to lift flaws with the “marriage”.

Because the one-day go to didn’t present any alternatives for questions from the media, probably the most vibrant a part of the journey was when opposition politicians responded to the EU chief’s feedback within the Irish parliament.

Ms von der Leyen gave a glowing handle to Dail Eireann by which she quoted former Irish premier Jack Lynch, former Irish president Mary Robinson, Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw and the Irish band The Noticed Medical doctors.

She famous the progress Eire had made since becoming a member of the EU, saying that it had grown its GDP from half of the EU common within the Seventies, to it now being double the EU common.

The European Fee president mentioned that Eire reveals “Europe’s greatest face”, and that it was “a beacon for Europe and the world”, significantly in mild of the “well-known Irish welcome” it has given to Ukrainian refugees.

Her assertion that there could be no laborious border on the island of Eire prompted the loudest bout of applause from the packed Dail chamber.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin welcomed her “robust feedback”, with he and Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald in uncommon settlement in thanking the EU for its “loyal” solidarity with Eire in the course of the “storm” of Brexit.

“Merci beaucoup for standing up for the Good Friday Settlement and the Irish protocol,” Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan informed the German nationwide throughout his contribution.

Ms McDonald had mentioned that Eire had “fairly a journey” since becoming a member of the European Financial Communities in 1973 – a precursor to the EU.

“There have been so many positives, so many optimistic advances in areas like equality, staff’ rights, environmental requirements, financial progress, and lots of many challenges too – the rising militarisation, deregulation and privatisation to say just a few.”

Different opposition politicians additionally raised criticisms of the EU in response to Ms von der Leyen’s handle.

I hope the EU can be taught from its errors and dwell as much as the beliefs which it claims to profess

Social Democrat co-leader Roisin Shortall outlined what she noticed as the nice and the unhealthy of the EU.

“It’s protected to say Eire could be a much less developed and fewer progressive nation in the present day had we not joined what’s now the European Union.

“However it’s additionally truthful to say it hasn’t all been optimistic – being pressured to bail out the bondholders throughout one in every of our lowest ebbs is a working example.

“The elevated militarisation of ‘Fortress Europe’ and its penalties for determined migrants, hundreds of whom have died attempting to succeed in our shores, should be considered shameful.

“And naturally, the bloc’s fiscal coverage should additionally come below the microscope.”

She added: “I hope the EU can be taught from its errors and dwell as much as the beliefs which it claims to profess. In any other case, we’ll undoubtedly be doomed to repeat these errors.”

Folks Earlier than Revenue’s Richard Boyd Barrett argued that it was essential to criticise the European Union for imposing austerity on Eire, saying that it was partly guilty for the housing and homelessness disaster that Eire remains to be scuffling with.

In the direction of the conclusion of speeches, Impartial TD Michael Fitzmaurice famous that the EU was “like marriage… you both purchase into it, otherwise you don’t”.

Amongst those that had been current for the handle to the chamber had been Sinn Fein deputy chief Michelle O’Neill and EU commissioner Mairead McGuinness.

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