IRELAND today marks 50 years of EU membership – with Taoiseach Michael Martin hailing its “important role” in bringing peace to the country.
It’s been half a century since-Taoiseach Jack Lynch and Secretary of State Patrick Hillery signed the treaty in Brussels bringing the fledgling nation into the European Economic Community.
It laid the groundwork for a referendum in May 1972, which saw Irish people vote by an overwhelming 83% in favor of joining the EEC, which was renamed the European Union in 1993.
“A young country of Ireland has transitioned from economic stagnation and relative backwardness to embracing economic openness, a single market central location, in one location,” he said. competitive and attractive for global investment.
“We unleash the creative energy and entrepreneurial spirit of Irish people like never before.
“It is a transformation supported by our European partners, especially through the substantial transfer of structural capital.
“Ours European Union Membership also plays an important role in the journey towards peace and reconciliation on the island.
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“The relationship strengthened through this contact has helped develop the mutual trust and understanding that is so important throughout the peace process.”
Mr. Martin also praised the EU for its steadfast support of Ireland throughout Brexit negotiations.
He said: “They have sided with Ireland, as we have worked together to manage the challenges facing the island, resulting from the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
‘ONE DAY OF CELEBRATION’
“Make the goal of maintaining peace, avoiding hard borders and protecting the island economy a key priority from the beginning of the negotiations.
He added: “EU membership has given Ireland an influence and influence that we would not otherwise enjoy.”
Over the next 18 months, a series of events will mark important milestones on Ireland’s path to EU membership.
“We will take this opportunity to encourage reflection, debate and exchange on the Ireland-EU relationship and how we can best contribute to a strong and future future,” Mr. Martin said. To share.
“Today is a day to celebrate our history in the European Union and be proud to be Irish, to be European.”
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8243330/micheal-martin-eu-ireland-50-years-membership/ Michael Martin praises the EU for helping to bring peace to Ireland as it celebrates 50 years of membership