The question of whether to help yourself is not always simple.
The Irish Times sought to understand the mindset of people in the wake of the Brexit vote, with a focus on the social factors behind the campaign.
The result is the most comprehensive interview with people on the left and right of politics since it was published in the late 1980s.
The interview also looks at the impact of the referendum on the lives of some Irish people, and how they view the political and economic landscape in Britain.
There are lessons to be drawn from the results of the campaign, the experiences of Irish people in England and Wales, and the experiences in Ireland.
The interviewer is Clare Daly, who served as director of communications for the Leave.EU campaign from November 2015 until the referendum, when she became an independent MEP.
It is a frank examination of the impact the referendum had on the life of Irish voters, with the aim of understanding why people did what they did, and why it matters to those in Ireland as a country.
The article includes interviews with more than two dozen people on all sides of the debate, including people from the Labour party, the Liberal Democrats, the Conservatives, the Greens, and a small number of the other main parties.
It also takes into account the many opinions and viewpoints that emerge on social media, and offers some insight into how those opinions are shared, amplified and shared again and again.
This is an opinion piece.
The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial stance.