July 23, 2009
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 ask about conditions there (the recession, tourist numbers etc) so I have to admit my Brussels connection – which immediately brings up the Lisbon Treaty.
I was talking earlier to the man who runs the Dan O’Hara Heritage Centre near Clifden (well worth a visit). He recently had a group of French tourists there and one of them had told him that the rest of Europe was relying on Ireland to vote No! Of course I had to explain quickly what the rest of Eùrope really wants.
No matter. He is an intelligent man who does not need a French tourist, or indeed an Irish one, to tell him how to vote.
Since I am on holiday my next post(s) will not be about the Lisbon Treaty as such but more generally about Ireland and Europe and the interconnections between them. I will not always resist the temptation to try to be funny – you have been warned.Author : Jim Murray