The Irish might be warming up towards the Lisbon Treaty, but to quote Pat Cox “this is not because the public has started to read the Lisbon Treaty for bedtime reading”.
The current economic meltdown had a great deal in shifting Irish minds and reviving their European feelings. Pragmatics, the Irish now seem to consider that “a small economy, in these big economic storms, benefits from being in a safe harbor”. Whether the current momentum will be maintained until October when they are likely to vote yet again, only time will tell. Meanwhile all eyes are on the Irish ship as it navigates the high seas in search for its safe harbour, wherever it may be.