A report on Ireland by a private French body called Notre Europe - Institut Delors quotes Irish junior Minister Lucinda Creighton as being “very supportive” of Ireland joining common European defence though she does not believe her party could gain “political traction for that in the short term”.
“We have developed this perception of ourselves that to be neutral and to not engage in any sort of common defence is a badge of honour.”
“That position on neutrality is quite narcissistic: we do not have to worry about its consequences, and we can parade it around the world, go to the United Nations and tell everyone how wonderful we are. But that has become part of Irish identity and it will be very hard to change.”
The report, according to the Irish Times story on it today, says that the debt crisis has changed Irish attitudes to European integration: 'The notion of EU membership giving Ireland a louder voice played a role in shaping pro-European attitudes, the report argues, but this feeling was “somewhat shattered” by the events leading to the EU-International Monetary Fund bailout.'
“The tight supervision of domestic policies by outsiders has breathed new life into ‘sovereignty’ as a category of the Irish political debate.”
'There is a “widespread feeling”, including among Government officials, the ECB has applied double standards, treating Ireland more harshly than Spain or Italy.'
Irish attitudes to neutrality 'narcissistic' - The Irish Times - Mon, Feb 04, 2013