The impact of the crisis on Irish women
in Ireland under austerity
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This chapter focuses on the effects of the Irish crisis on women in terms of public expenditure cutbacks and on women's position in both the formal labour market and in relation to unrecognised care work. It also looks at the issues of domestic and sexual violence against women, the female body as a site of struggle during the crisis, and the ways in which women have organised to resist austerity. The way in which austerity has been meted out highlights the deep class divisions in Irish society, with those in lower income groups being disproportionately hit by expenditure cuts and taxation measures. The implementation of austerity has been a calculated and systematic assault on the least well-off in Irish society. The chapter argues that abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality would be constitutionally permissible and could therefore have been included in the legislation.

Ireland under austerity

Neoliberal crisis, neoliberal solutions

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