Economy

Credit downgrade vexes market worshippers

The decision of the rating agency, Standard and Poor’s, to downgrade the credit rating of Ireland from AA to AA- was met with hypocritical gnashing of teeth by Irish establishment figures. The National Treasury Management Agency rushed to criticise S&P, saying that their approach was "flawed". Minster of State, Dara Calleary declared that they used a "very negative analysis".

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The recession is over? Don’t believe the hype!

The government, the media and various economists all trumpeted recently released figures that apparently show that the Irish economy came out of recession in the first three months of 2010. However for the unemployed, workers and their families this miraculous recovery has by passed them.

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Threat of redundancies by Eircom must be fought

"The news of Eircom's owners' intention to shed at least a further 1,300 jobs on top of the similar amount of voluntary redundancies it has already sought and almost achieved shatters the government guff that we are embarking on an economic recovery".

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Ireland & the EU: Austerity programmes provoke general strikes and struggles

According to some Greek protesters Ireland is not like Greece - one banner on a demonstration read, “This is not Ireland, we will fight”. Finance Minister, Brian Lenihan, says the same but from a different stand point. He keeps repeating that Ireland is not like Greece in the hope that such an economic collapse won't happen here, precisely because he is afraid of a similar revolt of the Irish working class.

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Government’s strategy for growth – can it work?

Parts one and two of this article have explained the chronic nature of the capitalist crisis in Ireland. Part three will first of all investigate the rhetoric underlining a crucial part of the government’s strategy for recovery before analysing the consequences of the crisis for the workers' movement.

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New economic data shows – Recession no end in sight

Recently released economic figures have given lie to the idea that Ireland is in the midst of an economic recovery and that the recession is over! Minister for Finance, Brian Lenihan and the government emphasised this so called recovery to sell the harsh December budget. The theory went that if we pulled up our socks now and took our medicine, it will all be over soon, he was lying and now the reality is hitting home.

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Bank bailout – Giving away your future

“It's the classic fairytale gone bad. A brave little country was given three wishes: low interest rates, high wages and billions in multinational investment. For a brief moment in time, for the first time in its history, Ireland was wealthy and had the respect of the world. Then it threw it all away. And that’s why they call it Namageddon.” - The Wall Street Journal.

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