Notes from Ireland: “We have to prove we are a nation”

All that now seems far removed from the grim present. “We can complain about a loss of sovereignty and national shame at having to take a bailout, but at least they are giving us a route back,” said Diarmaid Ferriter, a professor of modern Irish history at University College Dublin. “We are going to have to prove all over again that we are capable of responsible self-government.” He added, quoting Charles Gavan Duffy, a 19th-century Irish nationalist, “We have to prove we are a nation, and not a rabble.”

via Ireland Financial Crisis Wounds Country’s Psyche

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