If you would like to submit a contribution to our Readers Blog section then follow this link. Be sure to include your full name, address and contact number otherwise your submission will not be considered for publication. We will contact you prior to publication.

We have benefitted enormously from the EU

In his letter of January 4, Joe Brennan complained about the ECB being ‘most shameful’ in its treatment of Ireland.

In his letter of January 9 he advocates an alliance with the UK instead of the EU. He, therefore, seems to be advocating going back to past situations when we were much more dependent on Britain.

Our membership of the EU not alone gives us access to a 500 million home market, it also gave us a net €43 billion gain from common policies since entry.

On top of that when this country was bankrupted by the decisions during the boom of a small number of its own most powerful citizens we got an €85 billion bailout. Much of that bailout was funded by the taxpayers of other sometimes poorer EU countries.

That was hardly shameful.

Going back to our post colonial dependence on the UK when we, together with nearly 30 other democracies, are members of one of the largest trading blocks in the world, hardly looks enticing.

A Leavy
Shielmartin Drive
Dublin 13


Hannah Stephenson has advice on how to care for your garden when wet weather strikesHow to prevent and deal with waterlogging in the garden

If you're down in the epidermal dumps, exfoliation, hydration and decongesting is what you need.The Skin Nerd: How to prep and pep that played-out January skin

The Winter Show, which gets underway in New York this Friday, is a celebration of world cultures, from antiquity to the present.Time travellers are packing their suitcases for New York this week

“Finish him!” It’s one of the most famous lines in video games – in fact, they pretty much built the entire series around it. Mortal Kombat is notorious for brutal finishing moves, in which the characters kill off their opponents in horrific (and often humourous) fashion.Game Tech: Mortal line lives on in the cinema

More From The Irish Examiner