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Post-crash protest politics
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This chapter examines public protest movements, which included protests against water charges and other taxes, wider protests against austerity, and developing into protests on social issues such as marriage equality and abortion. The chapter argues that while the protests undoubtedly helped create sharpened criticism of the EU, they also led to a more nuanced public understanding of the EU – critical of austerity but more appreciative of other social dimensions of the EU. In addition, the protests increasingly held domestic political elites to task for their actions at European level.

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Ireland and the European Union

Economic, political and social crises


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