Big private sector interests move into the Lisbon debate…

Cian notes the entry of the multinationals, particularly in the person of Jim O’Hara Chief Executive of Intel in Ireland, who’s been on Morning Ireland this morning making a strong case for Ireland signing up to the Lisbon Treaty. Quid Pro Quo says Cian, given the general assumption that Libertas stood for an undisclosed set of private interests (leaving Fianna Fail out of it, for the moment). It’s also worth mentioning the powerful effect of an extremely wealthy external Eurosceptic lobby against the echo chamber that was the Yes campaign last time out.

The truth is that only private sector interest is franchised to take part in any referendum debate. That’s partly because Ireland’s political parties have little natural capacity for debating policy. And partly, because the McKenna (No 2), Crotty and Coughlan Supreme Court judgements effectively forbid them from drawing on state funds to prosecute any case in the matter… Welcome to corporate Ireland…

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty