Revisiting the Irish Referendum

29 Sep 2009 | by Michael Collins SC

Article written for the European Lawyer, October 2009

Institutional reform is not usually the stuff of passion.  But the Lisbon Treaty has generated in Ireland a dazzling array of emotions – weariness, hostility, frustration, incredulity, enthusiasm and, most of all, bewilderment. The second Irish referendum on the Treaty takes place on 2nd October in a context where nothing has changed in the Treaty the voters are considering but everything has changed in the world in which they live.