The Irish Republic's government, under prime Minister Jack Lynch, expected opposition to its proposal to join the European Economic Community...
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THIS IS THE FIFTH ITEM IN A SERIES WHICH LOOKS AT THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY AS IRELAND, DENMARK AND BRITAIN PREPARE TO JOIN IN JANUARY.
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Background: The Irish Republic's government, under prime Minister Jack Lynch, expected opposition to its proposal to join the European Economic Community...and it got it...from the outlawed Irish Republican Army, the minority Labour Party and the Sinn Fein organisation. Much of the opposition was due to fears that EEC membership would increase still further the already serious unemployment problem. But the opposition wasn't as powerful as Mr. Lynch had feared an a referendum gave the go-head with a massive five to one YES.
The Prime Minister had apparently convinced the people that the Irish republic had no real alternative to joining he Community once Britain was in.
Although Eire is going all-out to attract industries, agriculture is ???tely vital for her very existence....and it was this aspect that m??? following Britain virtually imperative. Britain buys more than 80 per cent of the Republic's primary produce, and if this market were lost through tariff barriers economic disaster would have been almost ???idable. Mr. Lynch and his supporters say they'll enjoy vast new markets as part of Europe, especially when New Zealand is phased out as a supplier of milk-based products.
SYNOPSIS: The Irish republic will become part of the European Economic Community on January the first, joining Britain and Denmark at the Community's conference tables in Brussels. But membership for the Republic could mean more for the man in the street than economics, however important they may be...there is a feeling through the country that Partition, the political division of Ireland, could eventually be resolved because Britain's partners may not be happy to have the Irish question as a continuing source of friction between two member states.
When Prime Minister Jack Ly??? decided to try and lead his country ??? Europe he expected a fight...and he got one. But it wasn't as tough as he'd apparently feared. The mein objections came not from the direct Parliamentary opposition party but from the minority Labour Party, the Sinn Fein organisation which feared even more unemployment, an the outlawed Irish Republican Army. Mr. Lynch took the matter directly to the people and a referendum gave him the go-ahead with a massive five-to-one YES
However, even with the nation's support things still weren't easy...an air crashed London airport killed almost the entire Irish negotiating team who were ??? their way to Brussels. But, with membership assured, the government has been going all-out to attract foreign industry and investment. Already almost five hundred overseas manufacturers operata there, and such companies can qualify for substantial capital grants and enjoy tax-free profits for fifteen years. The indictments are necessary because Ireland suffers from a serious unemployment problem. Changes in Ireland are already obvious...in Dublin there's a crash programme to erect buildings, and in Cork the old industrial area is to be completely ???.
But if industry is a key part of the Irish economy...agriculture is absolutely vital. The Republic simply had to follow Britain into the Common Market; at present Britain buys about seventy per cent of all Irish manufactured goods...but the eighty per cent of all primary products she also buys represents a vastly larger sum. If these markets were lost through enforced tariff barriers economic disaster would be virtually unavoidable. Anti-marketeers believed EEC entry would destroy Ireland's small farms and turn the fabled green pastures into vast ranches to support the beef herds of europe. But Mr. Lynch and his supporters say that as part of Europe, the country will enjoy vast new markets, and as New Zealand is phased out as a butter supplier, Ireland looks forward to a greatly increased income from her cows.