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PS. Ireland is still using pounds (£)
Where did you get that?
The Euro has been the only accepted currency in the twelve countries of the euro-zone, which are:
Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain.
Up to 1922 (independence) pounds, then:-
Northern Ireland continued with pounds
Republic of Ireland punts to 1999
Then from 1999-2002 Euro & punt
Dublin is in the ROI so they use Euros. I think perhaps you're confusing the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland - as Northern Ireland still use pounds (as they're part of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) whereas Southern Ireland (ROI) is completely independent.
[edited by: level80 at 1:50 pm (utc) on Jan. 10, 2004]
This is probably not the place for Irish politics, but article 2 of the Irish Constution states
"It is the entitlement and birthright of every person born in
the island of Ireland, which includes its islands and seas,
to be part of the Irish nation. That is also the entitlement
of all persons otherwise qualified in accordance with law
to be citizens of Ireland. Furthermore, the Irish nation
cherishes its special affinity with people of Irish ancestry
living abroad who share its cultural identity and heritage."
I was not entering this debate, but merely factually stating you could spend pounds in Belfast :)
for the record I am Irish
Quite what use it'd be to me having dual British-Irish nationality I don't know.... I suppose I'd have two sets of politicians to complain to about the government to. *grins* What are the actual advantages of having Irish ctizenship then? (Bear in mind that for me to become an Irish citizen would require me to send a copy of my birth certificate, parent's marriage certificate and birth certificate and grandparent's marriage and birth certificate - so at the moment hardly seems worth the bother...)