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Why the Irish have bitten the hand that feeds them

By Manneken Pis   July 2001

The Anglo-Irish axis

The Irish establishment was horribly upset by their countrymen’s rejection of the Nice treaty. But they have themselves partly to blame. Over the past year, some leading Irish politicians have begun making Eurosceptic noises. Mary Harney, the country’s deputy prime minister, gave a speech last year in which she said that Ireland is spiritually closer to Boston than Berlin; and Charlie McCreevy, the Irish finance minister, displayed a Gordon Brown-like relish in clashing with the European commission earlier this year, over the commission’s ill-timed reprimand for Ireland’s allegedly inflationary budget. Both McCreevy and Harney’s interventions reflect an…

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