I see there are the first moves being made to set up an Irish Section of the Young European Federalists this weekend. It makes me wonder whether there is anything to be said for the medium term goal of a federal Union with full state power over foreign affairs, defence, certain aspects of Justice (there would need to be some sort of federal police force with the power of investigation and arrest - transnational crime is a huge issue. Frankly I don't know why they haven't taken steps to give Europol some teeth already) and the economy, and leaving the rest to member governments.
There are several reasons why this would be more efficient - and would be better for Ireland. For one thing, a single eurobond would make things a lot easier economically. For another, there is no reason for the amount of defence spending duplication across the EU - create a single defence department for the EU and spend the money saved on reducing duplication elsewhere. As explained above, some sort of investigtory body could crack down on organized transnational crime far more effectively than innumerable member state police forces. For many reasons, we are stronger together than we are apart.
Is it just petty nationalism that stops an ever closer Union from happening?