A Small State in a Large Union: The Irish Experience

This lecture on “A Small State in a Large Union: The Irish Experience” was delivered to the Europa Institute at the University of Edinburgh on 1 September 2014.

It focuses on the political strategy employed by Ireland throughout its membership of the European Union and analyses the principles upon which it is based. While the experience of each state is unique to itself it is suggested that lessons applicable to small states in general can be drawn from the Irish experience.

A Small State in a Large Union: The Irish Experience

by Brendan Halligan

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This lecture on “A Small State in a Large Union: The Irish Experience” was delivered to the Europa Institute at the University of Edinburgh on 1 September 2014.

It focuses on the political strategy employed by Ireland throughout its membership of the European Union and analyses the principles upon which it is based. While the experience of each state is unique to itself it is suggested that lessons applicable to small states in general can be drawn from the Irish experience.