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Neoliberal crisis, neoliberal solutions

Once held up as a 'poster child' for untrammeled capitalist globalisation, the Irish Republic has more recently come to represent a cautionary tale for those tempted to tread the same neoliberal path. The crash in the world economy had especially grave repercussions for Ireland, and a series of austerity measures has seen the country endure the most substantial 'adjustment' ever experienced in a developed society during peacetime. This book delineates the reactionary course that Ireland has followed since the ignominious demise of the Celtic Tiger. It argues that the forces of neoliberalism have employed the economic crisis they caused to advance policies that are in their own narrow interests, and that the host of regressive measures imposed since the onset of global recession has fundamentally restructured Irish society. The book discusses the mechanisms by which finance in Ireland sustains and reproduces itself, in particular how it was able to protect itself during the 2008 crisis. Property was at the centre of the second phase of the Celtic Tiger boom after US investment in manufacturing began to decline, leading to the Irish economic crash. The years since the onset of the recession in Ireland in 2008 have been characterised not by passivity and quietism but by extreme violence. In December 2009 as part of the first wave of austerity, the Community Development Project was informed that the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs proposed not to continue funding the project beyond the end of 2009.

Bernadette Connaughton

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in Europeanisation and new patterns of governance in Ireland
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Austerity and the community sector in the Republic of Ireland
John Bissett

toward ‘addressing poverty and social exclusion’. Twenty years later, in December 2009 as part of the first wave of austerity, the CDP was informed that the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs proposed not to continue funding the project beyond the end of 2009. In effect this meant that North Clondalkin CDP ceased to function from 31 December 2009. The project was one of the first CDPs to be closed in Ireland in what was very much a harbinger of things to come. The project was a casualty of the view that there was ‘little evidence of positive outcomes

in Ireland under austerity
Chris McInerney

, at its peak in 2005, funded over 180 local and independent Community Development Projects (CDPs) with a specific anti-­ poverty focus and a local management structure. By 2012, following a series of decisions taken by the responsible parent department, the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, all bar a small number of projects were subsumed into the state and EU funded local development companies. The rationale for ending the programme of support for independent community organisations was largely constructed on the grounds of duplication and

in Challenging times, challenging administration
Chris McInerney

also important to note that the mechanism though which such funding was provided had also changed in a quite dramatic way, from a pattern of more dispersed funding through different departments and statutory bodies to one where one government department, namely the now extinct Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, exerted significant funding control (Harvey, 2008). Hence, the potential emerged for relations with a large number of civil society groups to be dictated by the ethos, understanding and perspectives of one Minister and a small group of civil

in Challenging times, challenging administration
Chris McInerney

height the CPA contributed an evidence based, policy perspective; managed and supported funding programmes designed to build local and national civil society capacity; produced public information and provided an accessible point of contact between the state and civil society organisations on issues of poverty. In more recent years the role of the CPA changed and its range of activities were gradually narrowed, for example: • in 2002, responsibility for the Community Development Programme1 transferred to the newly established Department of Community Rural and Gaeltacht

in Challenging times, challenging administration
Michael Mulqueen

integration from which can flow stronger police–community relations and better intelligence. There is evidence to suggest that the Irish government has recognised the need for better integration. In 2007 Taoiseach Bertie Ahern created a junior ministry to take responsibility for integration policy. 9 The new post was aligned with the Departments of Community, Rural and

in Re-evaluating Irish national security policy
Elaine A. Byrne

Political corruption in Ireland, 1922–2010 Individual schools in the Minister for Finance’s constituency also receive more money. Primary schools in the Minister for Finance’s constituency can expect 20 per cent additional funding at over €145,922 compared with €120,636 elsewhere’.33 In relation to the constituencies of the Minister for the Environment and the Minister for Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, these constituencies ‘receive more money in non-national roads funding with a mean €15.9 million allocated to the Minister for the Environment compared with €3

in Political corruption in Ireland, 1922–2010