Ireland in the 21st century – Christchurch WEA course, Sat, Nov 1, 1-4.30pm

Posted: October 21, 2014 by Admin in capitalist crisis, Class Matters, Economics, Imperialism and anti-imperialism, Ireland, Limits of capitalism, Nation state, Political prisoners, Poverty & Inequality, State capitalism, State repression, State terrorism, Workers' rights

One of Ireland’s many ‘ghost estates’, built during the ‘Celtic Tiger’ fake-boom; these buildings are a haunting symbol of early 21st century Ireland

Saturday 1 November, 1 – 4.30 pm

The twenty-first century began in Ireland with, officially at least, a great deal of promise. Thirty years of armed conflict in the north came to an apparent end and the south of Ireland appeared to be entering a period of dynamic economic growth. By the end of the first decade of the century, however, things were less bright. The Celtic Tiger economy, in reality more a big bubble economy, burst and dissatisfaction with the new political dispensation in the north broke through the surface. This one-afternoon course critically examines the northern ‘settlement’, the southern economy and likely outcomes over the next decade.

Course presenter: Philip Ferguson

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