“there are consequences to the decisions we have made..”

WorldbyStorm had some early thoughts on what happens next, after the Republic of Ireland’s Lisbon Treaty referendum result, but there are a couple of articles at OpenDemocracy worth reading. John Palmer argues that “As matters stand the Dublin government hasn’t a clue what to propose.” and has some thoughts on what the EU might do about the ‘democratic deficit’. In an earlier post I noted Garret FitzGerald’s identification of the disconnect in Irish politics and, with Taoiseach Brian Cowen talking about “consequences to the decisions we have made” and stating that ” there is no obvious solution before us here”, Johnny Ryan & Joseph Curtin have some suggestions to mend the “democratic deficit” they identify at Dáil Éireann. This morning’s BBC Politics Show had this report on the absence of Plan C which is worth watching for the intro alone.