The Irish people voted “No” both to the EU’s Nice Treaty and to the Lisbon Treaty. That is, they voted “No” the first time round. When their arms were twisted, in each case the Irish voted “Yes” at the second attempt. Naturally the EU doesn’t twist the arms of those member-states who vote “correctly” at the first time of asking or those who don’t have a vote at all.
Now the Green Party, a minority member of the current coalition government in Dublin, has called for a general election to be held in January. But in current circumstances, no Irish government is going to be able to resist the bullying from Brussels and Frankfurt.
If the Irish are, in effect, no longer sovereign, I wonder if it is time for them to consider reunion with the United Kingdom? In many ways, the Irish and the British have more in common with each other than either do with the continental Europeans. (There seems to be consensus in the UK about trying to help Ireland financially.) As before 1921, the Irish could send members to the Westminster parliament. Maybe not ideal (all right, on recent evidence, obviously not ideal), but probably a lot better than sending members to the European “parliament”.
Such a change would mean Ireland leaving the discredited eurozone and re-joining the sterling area. This would provide at least two clear advantages. First, interest rates would be more likely to take account of the needs of the Irish economy. Second, if Ireland were re-united with the rest of the UK, the central government would be able (and probably, to some extent, willing) to redistribute resources to Ireland from other parts of the country. Neither of these is possible in the eurozone.