One of the few positive outcomes of the UK decision to leave the EU has been the realisation among the Irish people that this is an organisation we must stick with. This attitude is shown to be overwhelming in a recent survey of Irish opinion.

In an outstanding recent article in The Irish Times, Prof Kevin O’Rourke of Trinity College Dublin and Oxford University records the facts – the development of Ireland before EEC entry in the period 1954 to 1973 and since becoming a member in 1973 up to 2001. In the first period of agricultural and effectively economic dependence on Britain, our growth rate in income was among the lowest of all the 20 main countries surveyed.