A Rocky Road: The Irish Economy Since the 1920s

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Manchester University Press, 1997 - Ireland - 246 pages
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Most Irish historians agree that the southern Irish economy performed very badly between the 1920s and the 1960s; indeed output and incomes had grown so little in those decades that the economic benefits of political independence were far from obvious. There is less consensus about the economic performance since then, though the ability of the South to sustain a significant population increase for the first time since the Great Famine may reflect relative success.
 

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Contents

Off to the Front in the economic war Dublin Opinion
1
Shes a wholehearted supporter of Fianna Fail Dublin
8
Out of our census Dublin Opinion July 1956
26
Irish economic policy since the 1920s
41
The ladys not for burning Dublin Opinion April 1950
61
Poverty employment and institutions
86
Industry and industrial policy
108
There must be no government interference in business
114
Agriculture
144
Onetime prosperous grazier Dublin Opinion 1934
147
The Service sector
167
Demographic trends
192
Reprise
224
Select bibliography
235
Index
243
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Cormac O Grada is professor emeritus of economics at University College Dublin. His books include "Famine: A Short History" and "Black '47 and Beyond: The Great Irish Famine in History, Economy, and Memory" (both Princeton).

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