Ireland and the EU: A Pragmatic Approach to Integration
Public support for EU membership in Ireland is amongst the highest of any member state, and it has been steadily growing. In a recent poll, it was found that 88% of Irish people think that the country should remain a member of the EU. The same poll showed that 87% of people believed that Ireland has benefited from its membership in the EU. That these two numbers are almost identical is neither coincidental nor surprising. Although it would be unfair to characterise the Irish approach to the EU as transactional, it would be equally mistaken to say that Irish support for the EU is based purely on ideology and values. Ireland has traditionally taken a pragmatic approach to the EU and the integration process.