Ireland and Lisbon

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Thoughts from Hollywood

I’ve moved on from Connemara – to Hollywood: In Hollywood I long to be, no, not the place across the sea, But in County Wicklow, Ireland’s lovely garden, Where no pretenders will you find, but decent people warm and kind, And flocks of friendly sheep into the bargain. This is from the song Changing your… » read more

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Connemara and Europe

The tourists here in Connemara this week are mainly French and German. Many French people have a very specific knowledge of the region and I suppose most French people have heard of the place from the song “Les Lacs de Connemara” sung by Michel Sardou. The fact that President de Gaulle loved Connemara was no… » read more

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I’m in Connemara in the West of Ireland on holidays this week but there is no getting away from the Lisbon Treaty. Irish people are naturally inquisitive and want to know where you come from – this out of interest and not paranoia, by the way. When I say I am from Co Wicklow, they… » read more

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Green Light for Lisbon

Apologies for the unoriginal pun in the title. The Irish Green Party held a convention on Saturday which narrowly voted to support the Lisbon Treaty in the referendum on 2nd October. Actually, the vote was not that narrow in numbers – 214 votes to 107, with two abstentions – but the constitutution of the party… » read more

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Lisbon and Abortion???

An article by a prominent No campaigner appeared in todays Irish Times entitled “Yes vote on Lisbon could open door for abortion” See: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2009/0714/1224250637985.html I posted the following comment in reply: “I disagree with Mr Greene’s argument that the European Court could some day use the Lisbon Treaty and the Charter of Rights to impose… » read more

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This is my first blog and I made a mess of my first post. It can be found on the site but not how I wanted it to be, so I decided to re-post it here. You should have seen this before my two previous posts: “This is a blog by Jim Murray on the… » read more

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“Ireland should vote for Lisbon out of gratitude to the EU”. Few would put it as directly as that but I met some who felt that the Irish people were ungrateful to vote No in the first referendum. This is a bad argument. In my view, it is not valid and it is not persuasive.… » read more

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Referendum Date

The date for the second referendum on the Lisbon treaty has now been set for 2nd October. We now have a target date. For supporters of a Yes vote, the results of the European elections in Ireland were fairly positive. In the North-West, Declan Ganley of Libertas, the most prominent (and the richest) opponent of… » read more

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