Saturday, 29 November 2008

Ireland in Europe: Where is the UCD discussion paper?

The Houses of the Oireachtas, Sub-Committee on Ireland’s Future in the European Union report ‘Ireland’s future in the European Union: Challenges, Issues and Options’ (published 27 November 2008) has led to a spat.

The ‘no’ side accuses the Sub-Committee of not representing the ‘no’ side fairly and of drawing on expert work prepared by the University College Dublin European Institute, said to be pro-EU.

In the foreword Committee Chairman Paschal Donohoe gives tribute to the discussion paper:

“I also wish to thank UCD’s Dublin European Institute for their discussion paper, which made an invaluable contribution to the Sub-Committee’s work.”

Naturally, any political minority is free to accuse the majority of availing itself of expert work, as you can see in today’s Irish newspapers (Irish Times and Irish Independent).

But outside Ireland the reasoning of the UCD European Institute might be of interest due to the contents of the contribution, more than for reasons of partisan bickering.

Since the Lisbon Treaty has been approved by 25 national parliaments, there is great European interest in Ireland’s future role in Europe.



Yesterday and today I have tried in vain to find the European Institute’s discussion paper on the web (and the published Oireachtas report does not include the Annexes mentioned in the Contents).

Since this blog has a number of Irish readers, I turn to them with a question: Can you locate the UCD European Institute’s discussion paper on Ireland’s future in Europe for me and my readers?

Information would be gratefully received, since it would complement the materials mentioned in yesterday’s blog post ‘Ireland and Lisbon Treaty’ as well as earlier entries.

Ralf Grahn