Ireland’s disappeared
Suicide, violence and austerity
in Ireland under austerity
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This chapter argues that the years since the onset of the recession in Ireland in 2008 have been characterised not by passivity and quietism but by extreme violence. The nature of the violence illustrates the changing nature of political opposition and the role of suicide and self-harm in restructuring the conflict between the victims of recession and between the haves and the have-nots in situations of worsening inequality. David Adams, an Irish Times columnist, claimed that 'while suicide remains a taboo subject we will continue avoiding a much-needed open and honest public discussion on the subject'. Kathleen Lynch, spoke of the 'enormous bearing' of alcohol on suicide and self-harm rates in the Republic of Ireland, but predictably failed to signal either the 'enormous bearing' of austerity on self-harm or of alcohol abuse as a self-destructive survival strategy.

Ireland under austerity

Neoliberal crisis, neoliberal solutions


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