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Ireland is on the move – but where to?


The News Review:

– Ireland is on the move – but where to?
– Second opinion on song contest.
– Is cleaning up Broad St a tax on fun?

Ireland is on the move – but where to?
Guardian Unlimited – May 28, 2004
There is a sense that Ireland’s place in Europe is shifting – but many outside Dublin wonder where to. Perhaps amusingly to some it has been the shock of the country’s pitifully low score in this month’s Eurovision song contest – a competition Ireland has won six times – that has set many people wondering about Ireland’s place in Europe. Eurovision was always a source of pride for many in Ireland – Dana Scallon who won in 1965 has become an MEP for Leitrim’s North West constituency. ExpansionBut this year Ireland scored just seven points. The press made much of eastern European countries’ decision to vote almost exclusively for their region: “What a load of Balkans” declared one headline. “The Eurovision result tells us a lot” insists Father Turlough Baxter Carrick’s parish priest as he arrives to count the money from Sunday’s collection box. “Europe has changed in a way that perhaps Ireland doesn’t understand… ExpansionBut this year Ireland scored just seven points. The press made much of eastern European countries’ decision to vote almost exclusively for their region: “What a load of Balkans” declared one headline. “The Eurovision result tells us a lot” insists Father Turlough Baxter Carrick’s parish priest as he arrives to count the money from Sunday’s collection box. “Europe has changed in a way that perhaps Ireland doesn’t understand. The eastern European influence is taking over. When you look at the map and see how it is expanding out to the east you have to ask: how much longer will Brussels be the capital of Europe?” You don’t have to go far to see evidence of Europe’s eastward expansion in Ireland. In Carrick you are almost as likely to meet an east European as someone born locally.

Second opinion on song contest.
Free with registration – Europe Intelligence Wire – AccessMyLibrary.com – May 28, 2004
Second opinion on song contest. (28-MAY-04) Europe Intelligence Wire.

Is cleaning up Broad St a tax on fun?
ic Birmingham.co.uk – May 28, 2004
The entertainment district could also see an increase in restaurants in a bid to help it shed its unwanted image. But many questions would still remain if Broad Street succeeded in shedding its unwanted image and became a European-style cafe culture destination. Would the measures that are being suggested help stop the trouble in the bars and clubs of Birmingham or merely push it away from Broad Street?Is this a tax on enjoying yourself?Something has to be done with Broad Street for it to regain the vibe that everyone remembers from 1998 – a vibe that was instilled into the district with it hosting the Eurovision Song Contest and the G8 Summit. Does Broad Street need to change?.

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