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Mary Lou’s euroscepticism stems from Maggie Thatcher’s playbook of self-interest

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Before the Shinners became politically correct, they had a “souvenir” stall in their Árd Fheis. Alongside the ‘Sniper at Work’ badges with the silhouette of a makeshift IRA gunner, there were Margaret Thatcher’s t-shirts with the slogan ‘Tá gráin agam ar Thatcher fós!’ – ‘I still hate Thatcher’. The Iron Lady’s status as pariah of Sinn Féin-IRA was shaped by her dogged view of The Troubles and cemented by her unyielding stance against the Hunger Strikers.

In one area the party had much more in common with Thatcher – the approach to Europe. Thatcher’s 11 years in power were marked by her rejection of European integration, particularly a single currency. Her British rebate in 1984 and the Bruges speech in 1988 could be seen as the beginning of the end for Britain’s EU membership. Brexiteers have used Thatcher as inspiration for their isolationist campaign to leave the EU and disengage from their continental neighbours. Sinn Féin’s emergence on the Remain side of the Brexit referendum was quite the eyebrow-raising given the party’s consistent anti-EU rhetoric.

https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/mary-lous-euroscepticism-comes-from-maggie-thatcher-playbook-of-self-interest-41468762.html Mary Lou’s euroscepticism stems from Maggie Thatcher’s playbook of self-interest

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