The Irish political class really are the little pets of the EU.
Today, ALL the major Irish political parties and the media establishment are calling on the Irish people to say YES to the European Fiscal Pact, which sets strict limits for countries’ budget deficits. Sinn Fein/IRA have taken the opportunistic decision to oppose it, and will gain kudos for doing so. Of course it does not matter a jot what the Irish people say, the EU will push on in whatever direction it wishes and those Irish politicians who love being on the Euro gravy train will do and say whatever is required of them to keep themselves aboard.
The terrible reality that no one in the Republic seems to want to face is that the ONLY salvation for the Irish economy comes when it LEAVES the Eurozone. Denying this and praising the great Gods of Brussels shows the detachment from reality that has led to the demise of the Celtic Tiger is still very much alive.