This book explores the issue of a collective representation of Ireland after the sudden death of the 'Celtic Tiger' and introduces the aesthetic idea that runs throughout. The focus is on the idea articulated by W. B. Yeats in his famous poem 'The Second Coming'. The book also explores the symbolic order and imaginative structure, the meanings and values associated with house and home, the haunted houses of Ireland's 'ghost estates' and the fiscal and moral foundations of the collective household. It examines the sophisticated financial instruments derived from mortgage-backed securities that were a lynchpin of global financialization and the epicentre of the crash, the question of the fiscal and moral foundations of the collective household of Europe. A story about fundamental values and principles of fairness and justice is discussed, in particular, the contemporary conflict that reiterates the ancient Irish mythic story of the Tain. The book suggests correspondences between Plato's Republic and the Irish republic in the deformations and devolution of democracy into tyranny. It traces a red thread from the predicament of the ancient Athenians to contemporary Ireland in terms of the need to govern pleonexia, appetites without limits. The political and economic policies and practices of Irish development, the designation of Ireland's 'tax free zones', are also discussed. Finally, the ideal type of person who has been emerging under the auspices of the neoliberal revolution is imagined.
West Germany played a pivotal role in encouraging the Republic of Ireland's adaptation to a 'European' path. This book contends that Ireland recognised that the post- war German economic miracle offered trade openings. It analyses approximately 25 years of Irish-West German affairs, allowing a measured examination of the fluctuating relationship, and terminates in 1973, when Ireland joined the European Communities (EC). The general historical literature on Ireland's post- war foreign relations is developing but it tends to be heavily European Economic Community (EEC), United Nations (UN) or Northern Ireland centred. The Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) is a worthy candidate for such a study as it was Ireland's key trading partner in continental Western Europe. Germany acted as a dynamic force in Ireland's modernisation from the mid- 1950s. Ireland wanted 'to ride the wave of the future', and the challenge was to adapt. This study of Irish- West German relations offers up a prism through which to reinterpret the shifts in Ireland's international reorientation and adaptation between 1949 and 1973. Like any relationship, even a relatively amicable one, the Irish- West German one was prone to strains. Bitter trade disputes beset Irish- German relations throughout the 1950s. The book sheds new light on post- war Ireland's shift from an Anglo- Irish focus to a wider European one. It also discusses land wars, Nazism, the Anglo- Irish Trade Agreement of 1938, the establishment of a 'new Europe' and Lemass's refurbishment of the Irish development model.
The establishment of an independent Irish state was severely complicated by the fact that there was not an Irish nationalism seeking an Irish nation-state as such but rather a range of nationalisms competing for political space and influence in Ireland. The three core versions of nationalism — unionist nationalism, constitutional nationalism, and republican nationalism — fostered different conceptions of the meaning and implications of Ireland's identity, borders, and governance and consequently occupied conflicting positions regarding the ideal notion of Irish nation-statehood. In relation to their opposing views on Britain's role in Ireland, these competing nationalisms also fostered different opinions regarding the relevance of developments in the international context for Ireland. Developments in international affairs, particularly in Europe, had the effect of altering the focus and appeal of each of these versions of nationalism in Ireland. As a result, the need to find a middle ground between constitutional and republican nationalisms shaped the development of official nationalism in the independent Irish Free State after 1922.
were harsh environments for
unmarried mothers, many of these women demonstrated some degree
of agency and were not merely victims with little control over their
lives. At times desertion took place in the knowledge that children often
would remain in extended families with the support of boarding-out
allowances. The poor knew the workings of the system and engaged
with it accordingly, despite the principles of deterrence, social control
and segregation that prevailed in many poor relief policies.
This book has also demonstrated the importance of placing Irish
proper powers’.77 In April 1976 Stanley Orme presented the Industries Development (Northern Ireland) Order to the Commons. He said
the new Northern IrelandDevelopment Agency (NIDA) would be ‘a
much more positive body’ than the NIFC, operating as an ‘agency for
setting up State industries . . . especially in areas of high employment
where private industry has so far failed to go’ and taking steps ‘to improve
and strengthen existing Northern Ireland firms’, such as finding ‘new
products and new processes suitable for introduction into Northern
Ireland industry’. It
, meaning a condition of mixed temporalities within a process
of uneven development. Thus, to a large extent, cutting-edge technology
coexists with traditional social relations. Luke Gibbons wrote a while
back that: ‘The IDA [IrishDevelopment Authority, which helped bring
in foreign investment] image of Ireland as the silicon valley of Europe
may not be so far removed after all from the valley of the squinting
windows’,26 the latter being an image of traditional rural Ireland. This
image of uneven but combined development may serve as a useful and
evocative backdrop for
some small way represents a vindication of the aims of an earlier generation of co-operators who attempted to institutionalise a form of credit supply that sat outside the ordinary banking sector.
By tracing the influence of the co-operative movement upon the nationalist project in Ireland, this book has argued that the political economy of nationalism contained important co-operative ideas that carried a long-term influence upon Irishdevelopment. The type of institutions that emerged in Ireland during the late nineteenth and early twentieth
Communities and collaboration along the Irish border
Caroline Creamer and Brendan O’Keeffe
Institute of Technology, Louth.
Harvey, B. (2008) Audit of Community Development in the Cross-border Region.
Dundalk: Cross Border Centre for Community Development, Dundalk Institute
of Technology, Louth.
Harvey, B., Kelly, A., McGearty, S. and Murray, S. (2005) The Emerald Curtain: the
Social Impact of the Irish Border. Carrickmacross: Triskele.
InterTradeIreland (2006) Spatial Strategies on the Island of Ireland: Development of a
Framework for Collaborative Action. Armagh: International Centre for Local and
Jessop, R. D. (2003) ‘The political
economic difficulty which often stimulated phases of popular
unrest, and Irish land legislation was also used as the model for changes in Highland
land tenure. Irishdevelopments had yet another effect in the 1890s. In 1891 the
Conservative government set up the Congested Districts Board in the west of
Ireland to promote economic improvement by providing new holdings on land
acquired for the purpose, support industry and give instruction in farming. The
Board had a major impact and was deemed to have achieved many of its objectives
even in the poorest areas.
Such was its
parliamentary scrutiny over foreign affairs
extended. In that year, as part of a wider programme of parliamentary reform,
the incoming coalition government (Fine Gael and Labour) established the Joint
Committee on Co-operation with Developing Countries. With one brief hiatus,
that committee operated until 1987 when a new government refused to reconstitute it, arguing that a multiplicity of committees had emerged to undermine
the effectiveness and clarity of parliamentary work. Over its life span this
committee published five reports including analyses of Irishdevelopment aid