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Same story from ancient Rome to Irish Republic

THE result of the Lisbon referendum has reminded me of one of the scenes from Life of Brian — not the life of Brian Cowen, but the film.

There is a hilarious sketch in which the question posed is what have the Romans ever done for us?

In the end, Reg asks: “… but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?”

It is a pity the Lisbon Treaty referendum no voters did not ask the question of themselves — what has Europe done for us?

A net investment of €55 billion since 1973, new road infrastructure, increased trade, created jobs, promoted cultural diversity, cleaned up the environment, restored tourism facilities, sustained a country life and protected human rights.

And of course, the small matter of the peace and reconciliation funds that helped consolidate the peace process.

In my view the no campaigners ignored these plain facts and played on people’s worst fears. Ireland is poorer by the result.

Cllr Tim Attwood

2 Lakeglen Green

Andersonstown Road

Belfast


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