Michael Taft

Business in Ireland is too important to be left to Irish business. The left must become the promoters and champions of the native enterprise. In addition to the under-performance of the Irish business, it has been the distorted level of the domestic investment. In Ireland, indigenous enterprise is more rooted in the domestic economy than the foreign-owned operations. Irish domestic legal and accounting firms make up 3.2 per cent of all value-added in the market economy. A number of surveys of the managerial skill base have been conducted in Irish domestic enterprises and have found serious flaws. The Irish Congress of Trade Unions, too, launched policy initiatives that sought to prioritise market production through the public economy in its Public Enterprise, Everybody's Business. Neither of these were necessarily revolutionary programmes, but they unashamedly posited the role of the public realm in market production.

in Ireland under austerity