ok, Ireland, among others, just got their country back fairly recently and we'll be damned if we are forced away from our Culture again. Joining the Eu saved Ireland's economy. full stop. In the eighties our offical policy for unemployment was mirgration. And just so everyone is aware, no-one thinks of themselve as 'european'. Being part of a bigger whole doesn't take away anything from anyone. It's like you live in a town in a county(province). Being in that county doesn't take away the pride and culture unique to that town.