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Reader’s comment: The view from Ireland


In response to Kathy Gyngell: Jacob Rees-Mogg, are you letting us all down?, AR Devine wrote:

I’m an Irish citizen with strong family ties to Britain where I have lived for years and hope to return. I am utterly dismayed at the tone and temper the Irish government have been taking towards Britain regarding Brexit. The UK is Ireland’s biggest trading partner, not to mention the unique ties of culture, history and family with Britain that we don’t have with any country on the continent. The EU has treated Ireland abysmally in recent years. It has ceased to be a free trade body and should be scrapped. Don’t get me started about Fintan O’Toole. This is an Orwell Prize-winning writer who recently stated on Irish TV that free speech was sacrosanct but that at the same time we must protect people from hurtful speech. Orwell was a free speech absolutist and even more absurdly O’Toole was engaging in doublethink straight out of 1984.

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