What is proposed is that Ireland becomes a protectorate of the European Union for a period of 70-100 years. A Secretariat composed of current parliamentarians and Civil servants from Germany and the Nordic EU countries would carry out the functions of Government with recourse to the European Commission/Parliament as required. Local issues such as Arts, Culture, Irish Language, Inland Fisheries and Postage Stamp design could remain under the control of Dáil Eireann.
The evidence of the last 87 years suggests that we have only survived as a result of periodic mass emigration in spite of having avoided many of the calamities that the rest of Europe endured in this period. Our current economic situation indicates that we will be returning to this over the next 20 years. Are we really mature enough to govern ourselves given our history as a colony and our rather unsuccessful post-colonial experience to date?
The gombeenism and greed in the political establishment (especially Fianna Fáil), IBEC, Business and Professional classes, Trade Unions and all the interest groups that have persistently pursued their narrow self-interests at the expense of the common and long-term good of the state would be temporarily taken out of the equation albeit for some considerable time. Professional administrators without local bias would run the state for the time period mentioned above.
There is nothing to be ashamed of in all of this. Local issues such as Art, Culture, Tourism, Irish Language, Inland Fisheries and Postage Stamp design could remain under the control of Dáil Eireann.
At the end of this period we would emerge a stronger, mature nation able and deserving of self-respect and international respect.
The success of this transitional model could become a beacon for other post-colonial countries such as Nigeria, Zimbabwe.