Greegorz your being a little naive.
Yes we were always 'Geographically' european which is where your coming from.
the 'european' i refer to is the political and social body known as the european union.
idealistic/socialistic utopia? check your specturms. its democratic and the centre right and centre left are the MASSIVE majority.
As to idealistic - the ideal is working! France and Germany aren't exacty going to break into WW3. Britain and Ireland are not going to descend into another black and tans/IRA scenario so diss it all you want - the evidence is there bud.
Without reforms done by Irish governments they would look today at best like Portugal.
that is the most flipant and unfounded comment i have heard said in earnest ever.
what a load of beeswax
The irish governments over the years were on the RECIEVING end of HEAVY EU subsidies for since 1973. It is only recently they are starting to pay that bach into the EU and the eastern/central bloc
Portugal has been a contributing member longer than Ireland (as in subsidies recived Versus subsidies paid back %)