Posted by Gallup on September 09, 2002 at 19:40:20:
In Reply to: Re: Lets not confuse the issue here posted by Mogli on September 09, 2002 at 19:22:39:
Interesting points and probably not too far off the mark.
Ireland was all fired up in the 60s very modern outward looking etc. and so joining the EEC was the obvious logical next step. If we hadn't done that would the oil crisis of 1974 hammered the country altogether?
Granted the 1977 experiment in economics under the tutelage of that famous economics professor Martin O'Donoghue did for us anyway - Europe or not - a disaster that took us almost 20 years to recover from. We are still paying back those loans and local government never recovered. In the late 70s and early 80s you could not get a mortgage for love or money regardless almost of your ability to repay.
78% of respondents to today's poll say Europe is good for Ireland. I reckon that's a pretty realistic assessment. I am just wondering though what the rest think Ireland would be like now if we hadn't joined Europe? Does the above sound right?