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Place, society and culture in a post-boom era

Ireland is a turbulent place. This book engages readers with the contours of transformation of Irish society through a series of distinct episodes and sites where change can be confronted. The content of the book intersects with the boom and bust themes to explore the economic and social implications of the recession. The processes are as diverse as cross-border development, farming knowledges, food movements, and the evolution of traditional Irish music. The modernisation of Irish society during the Celtic Tiger and its subsequent demise was a 'spatial drama' involving transformation in the material landscape and the imaginative representation of the island. The first part of the book explores the revolving intersections of identity politics with place. It tracks the discovery of the ghost estate and the ways in which it has been implicated in debates about the Irish economic crash, complicating ideas of home and community. After a discussion on immigration, the book discusses the role of migrants in filling labour and skill shortages. The second part pays attention to questions of mobility and consumption in urban and rural contexts. The new Irish motorway network, free time, leisure and holidaying in the lives of lone parents during the Celtic Tiger, and the role of National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) are discussed. The third part explores diverse cultural practices and some longstanding representations of Ireland. An autobiographical tour of the pub session, National Geographic's representations of Irish landscape and the current Irish imagination are the key concepts of this part.

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Spaces and spectres of Ireland after NAMA

contributed to the crisis. This chapter provides a short synopsis of the ghost estate issue, detailing the factors that contributed to the phenomenon, the way in which the estates have been invoked as symbolic spaces within the national narrative of collapse, and the State’s response in the form of the National Assets Management Agency. The Irish property bubble The presence of ghost estates in the Irish landscape exemplifies the problems associated with the Celtic Tiger property boom. Put simply, too many houses were built. From 1996 to 2005, 553,267 houses were built in

in Spacing Ireland

’ (Harvey, 2008; Lefebvre, 1968), ‘the just city’ (Fainstein, 2010), and Marcuse’s (2009) ‘commons planning’. Here, the chapter points to the practical means of developing the basis to a more balanced and socially orientated urban and surburban future. It is argued that the existence of vacant property and land, which in the case of the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) is, by default at least, in state ownership, provides a platform for a shift in the approach taken towards urban liveability in Ireland. The liveable city Throughout the last number of decades, the

in Spacing Ireland
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The cultural unconscious of the Celtic Tiger in the writings of Paul Howard

Dirtbag, Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years, PS, I Love You and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-­time respectively. Mr S and the Secrets of Andorra’s Box (Howard 2008c) deals with his new job as the rugby coach of the Andorran national team and also with his attempts to cope with separation from Sorcha and Honor while NAMA Mia (Howard 2011) conflates the National Asset Management Agency and the Abba song ‘Mama Mia’, and, like his 2012 book The Shelbourne Ultimatum, it deals with an Ireland suffering the effects of austerity in the wake of the Celtic Tiger

in From prosperity to austerity
From global economics to domestic anxiety in contemporary art practice

of Leitrim, its houses deemed not viable for completion and scheduled for eventual demolition by the National Assets Management Agency (NAMA), an agency established by government in 2009 to handle the housing crisis. It is therefore a doomed estate, built as part of the unregulated free-falling development in Ireland during the ‘Celtic Tiger’ economic boom that lasted from 2000 to

in Neoliberal Gothic

analysis by the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) and through the Prudential Capital Assessment Review (PCAR) process has since revealed that the loan portfolio of Anglo Irish Bank was at this point ‘well on the road towards insolvency’.35 In September 2008, the government offered a comprehensive State Guarantee for the liabilities of the six Irish-owned banks. The blanket bank guarantee, as it became known, amounted to €440 billion of Irish bank liabilities which was later increased to €485 billion to cover foreign-owned banks with significant operations in

in Political corruption in Ireland, 1922–2010
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The bank guarantee and Ireland’s financialised neo-liberal growth model

(Burke, 2011). The guarantee, therefore, was first in line in a cascade of events related to the banking crisis, including the nationalisation of Anglo in January 2009, the creation of the National Assets Management Agency (NAMA),7 and a series of ‘final announcements’ about bank recapitalisation in which the costs escalated and all banks originally covered under the guarantee, with the exception of BoI, were effectively nationalised.8 The banking crisis is calculated to have cost the state €64.1 billion, adding 41 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) to the

in Defining events
Catalysts for reform of the Oireachtas role in European Union affairs

extensive use by the Government (in breach of an express commitment to the contrary) of the legislative guillotine to cut short debate, 150 150 National parliaments in the European Union particularly in relation to crisis legislation. (Remarkably, the Credit Institutions (Financial Support) Act 2008, which provided €440 billion of guarantees for Irish banks passed all legislative stages in less than 24 hours.)22 Beyond this, extraordinarily broad legislative delegations of power were made, both to government ministers23 and to the National Asset Management Agency.24

in The evolving role of national parliaments in the European Union
Irish republican media activism since the Good Friday Agreement

Newspapers, magazines and pamphlets have always been central, almost sacred, forms of communication within Irish republican political culture. While social media is becoming the primary ideological battleground in many democracies, Irish republicanism steadfastly expresses itself in the traditional forms of activist journalism.

Shinners, Dissos and Dissenters is a long-term analysis of the development of Irish republican activist media since 1998 and the tumultuous years following the end of the Troubles. It is the first in-depth analysis of the newspapers, magazines and online spaces in which the differing strands of Irish republicanism developed and were articulated during a period where schism and dissent defined a return to violence.

Based on an analysis of Irish republican media outlets as well as interviews with the key activists that produced them, this book provides a compelling long-term snapshot of a political ideology in transition. It reveals how Irish Republicanism was moulded by the twin forces of the Northern Ireland Peace Process and the violent internal ideological schism that threatened a return to the ‘bad old days’ of the Troubles.

This book is vital for those studying Irish politics and those interestedin activism as it provides new insights into the role that modern activist media forms have played in the ideological development of a 200-year-old political tradition.

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Geographies of the post-boom era

Ireland are changed or changing. 8 Introduction The book is divided into three parts that work through well-established concepts such as belonging, mobility, space, consumption, culture and place, but in innovative ways that fragment well-worn categorisations and present a rich substrate for novel geographical thinking and analysis. Part I: Spacing belonging In Part I, the collection explores the revolving intersections of identity politics with place. In the opening chapter, ‘Ghost estates: spaces and spectres of Ireland after NAMA’ (National Asset Management Agency

in Spacing Ireland