Ireland, the left and the European Union
in Ireland under austerity
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One of the most striking consequences of Ireland's economic meltdown has been the transformation of its relationship with the European Union (EU). A debate between Andy Storey and Laurent Pech in the pages of the Irish Review offers a useful window onto the serious discussion about the character of the EU. The actions of the European Commission and the European Central Bank (ECB) since 2008 have cast a very different light on Ireland's membership of the Union, leading many to wonder, whose interests are really served by the European integration. From the time Ireland joined the European Economic Community (EEC) to the early years of the Celtic Tiger, Brussels was generally seen as a benefactor, the source of vital structural funding and of farm subsidies channelled through the Common Agricultural Policy. Left-wing 'No' campaigners had argued that the Lisbon Treaty would hasten Ireland's absorption into an EU military bloc.

Ireland under austerity

Neoliberal crisis, neoliberal solutions

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