Wednesday 16 September 2009

Bloggers for Europe

Bloggers for Europe joins some of the leading lights among Irish Eurobloggers:

Jason O’Mahony

Stephen Spillane and

Conor Slowey (The European Citizen)

There are also two bloggers, who are new to me:

Owen Rooney (Conduct Unbecoming) and

Hugh Hamill

This is how these Bloggers for Europe present themselves:

“Bloggers For Europe is a group blog covering the second Lisbon referendum in Ireland. It was set up by bloggers from throughout the country who felt that there was a need for a more organised online presence from pro-Lisbon activists, and decided to create a one-stop-shop for news and commentary. Although we're all looking to secure a Yes vote in the referendum, we still hope to provide enough news and debate to make the blog a worthwhile destination for anyone who's interested in Lisbon and the campaigns surrounding it.”


In my humble opinion, an active Ireland in an improved European Union is a better option for the Irish than Ireland as a satellite to an anti-European Conservative government in Britain. Thus, I wish Bloggers for Europe the best of luck.

Ralf Grahn


  1. Living in Ireland,
    thank you very much Ralf for that useful information!

    Although I am myself critical to the current EU,
    I do believe in Irish active involvement in European dialogue and cooperation,
    ironically to some extent modelled on the United States,
    though with greater state independence

  2. Panta Rei,

    Agreed by 27 national governments and approved by 26 national parliaments, the Lisbon Treaty is what the European Union is able to achieve under the constraints of unanimity, but it is not hard to see which side stands for active engagement in Europe.

    No wonder that British nationalists - Tory anti-Europeans and UKIP Europhobes - have taken such an interest in the Irish referendum.

  3. Thanks for the mention, Grahnlaw. Hopefully we can add something to the debate that's going on in Ireland, and especially around the internet.

    We also have Adam Sinclair and Paul Cunnane writing for the group blog.

  4. Eurocentric,

    Thank you for your comment. As I just said in my latest post, the uncertainty concerning the Lisbon Treaty causes the European Union grave problems and harms democratic debate, so all eyes are on the Irish voters to break the deadlock on 2 October 2009.

    I wish you and your friends success in your efforts to improve the quality of the referendum debate.


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