Revisiting the Irish Referendum

29 Sep 2009

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.