Oh, it’s Europe’s fault! This is the normal response, not just in Ireland, but across much of Europe to a new regulation but if new money flows or a problem is solved then it is a national or local politician who springs up to take the credit.

What has been so striking about the UK Brexit debacle is how the EU has been vilified and blamed for all of Britain’s ills but it is only in dribs and drabs that the major beneficiaries of the UK involvement in the EU project slowly make their voices heard. But there is and has been no cohesive European voice proclaiming the enormous benefits that the move towards greater European cohesion has brought.