A chairde Gael,
Anyone Irish enough to recognise the above should be sympathetic towards what I am about to say.
As an Irishman who has lived here my entire life to date for over sixty years, I love and feel for this country as much as anyone could.
I’ve watched carefully through the years, since we joined the common market, all the decisions the electorate have made regarding Europe. Each process has been similar – a yes vote is required and expected; a lack of clarity regarding what’s being voted upon; one sided debates as to why we should vote yes.
And so far, we’ve always obliged by voting yes, even though we didn’t understand the implications of our decisions.
Let’s look at the results of previous yes votes for Europe have brought about and take stock.
Small mixed family farm enterprises contributing to self sufficiency – commodity farming for subsidies replacing it with much fewer of our population now involved.
Processing of farm produce in our cities and towns almost gone – now overly dependent on imports.
Gaelic music and tradition in decline.
Catholic religion in decline.
Education in decline.
Health care in decline.
Territorial fishing rights on the seas around our shores in decline.
Irish self government in decline.
Future prospects for our children – nothing much, but to emigrate.
Opportunities for underprivileged to succeed – not good.
These are all facts and I could add plenty more if needed to make the obvious point that European membership has harmed us greatly and still has the potential to do further damage.
Let’s call a halt to it while we can. We shouldn’t say yes to a treaty we don’t understand to please people that shouldn’t be trusted. We may never have another opportunity to say no to Europe again.
Baile an Uir.