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The Limits to Euroscepticism in Ireland (TruLies Blog by Mary C. Murphy)

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Ireland and the European Union have a turbulent history – from two negative referenda about treaty changes, over rising Euroscep­ticism during the eurozone crisis, to the uncer­tainty of Brexit. Despite these challenging incidents, the vast majority of the Irish population, including political parties and civil society organi­za­tions, are optimistic about the EU’s future. Why? In her blog, Mary C. Murphy analyzes Ireland’s relationship with the EU and finds several reasons for its pro-European stance: Economic and political benefits from EU membership, the irrel­e­vance of fringe parties, and a largely positive attitude towards immigration.

Dr. Mary C. Murphy is a lecturer in politics with the Department of Government, University College Cork.

The project “TruLies – The Truth about Lies on Europe”, aided by the Stiftung Mercator and run by the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in cooper­ation with Das Progressive Zentrum, has two principal objec­tives. On the one hand, it strives to decon­struct Eurosceptic and populist preju­dices, animosities, and false asser­tions, by means of social scien­tif­i­cally-grounded analysis. Thus, it aims to contribute to a ratio­nal­i­sation of the public discourse and debate in Germany (and beyond). On the other hand, “TruLies Europe” endeavours to publicly commu­nicate its findings beyond the select circle of scholars to political actors, civil society, and the wider public. You may find further infor­mation on our website:

Mary C. Murphy’s contri­bution can be found here.