Back in February of this year I discussed the media independence rating for Ireland from Reporters Without Borders, the international organisation affiliated to the UN that advocates freedom of the press. According to their 2011 Press Freedom Index Ireland had dropped five places from its number 10 position on the global ranking to number 15. Now we have another international survey and another fall in standing for the country from previous high levels. Transparency International measures corruption around the world and its latest report places Ireland at number 25 in its 2012 ranking, a slip of six places from 2011, and just ahead of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
For those who believe that the EU-dictated austerity budgets in Ireland are just about economics think again. Greece has plummeted fourteen places in the survey to 94 because of the draconian effects of forced austerity. Italy has dropped a further three places to 72. Ireland is simply following the trend of the other battered countries of Europe in 2012. More inequality means more corruption not less.
We are reducing our island nation to a ghetto of the European Union.