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Ireland's Economic Crash - A Radical Agenda for Change

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Ireland's Economic Crash - A Radical Agenda for Change

Time: August 26, 2009 from 8pm to 10pm
Location: Congress Resource Centre for the Unemployed
Street: Celtic Apartments Pearse Road
City/Town: Lettterkenny
Phone: 087 2839964
Event Type: book, launch
Organized By: Socialist Workers Party
Latest Activity: Aug 17, 2009

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Letterkenny Book Launch

Ireland’s Economic Crash
A Radical Agenda for Change by Kieran Allen

Wednesday 26th August 8pm, Congress Resource Centre for the Unemployed, Celtic Apartments, Pearse Road.

Kieran Allen, a UCD sociologist will present a public lecture and slide show on his new book, Ireland’s Economic Crash, at the Congress Resource Centre for the Unemployed on Wednesday 26th August. The meeting is sponsored by the Socialist Workers Party.

In a statement, the author said,

‘The Irish government is about to embark on the greatest bank robbery of all time – a multi-billion rescue plan for bankers and developers which the Irish people will pay for in years to come. This bank bail out will cost us an estimated €24 billion, according to the IMF.

‘ Instead of this costly gamble, we should create a good state bank and use the resources to pump money into a job creation programme. Donegal has suffered more than most counties form the scourge of unemployed. Instead of bailing out banks, we should establish a public works programme to put people back to work.

‘This is the only way to stop the cycle of economic despair that is overtaking the country.

For Confirmation: Phone Kieran Allen on 087 2839964


Ireland’s Economic Crash recounts how a miracle economy turned into an economic disaster zone. While ordinary people suffer, the government bails out banks and imposes wage cuts, levies and reductions in basic public services. The result is a downward spiral of economic gloom and doom.
In this damning critique, Kieran Allen advocates a withdrawal of state support to the private banks and the creation of a “good” public bank. He calls for a scheme of public works to give jobs to the unemployed and to stimulate the moribund economy. He argues that those who made vast fortunes during the boom years should carry the cost of cleaning up the mess they largely created.
Shifting from the local to global dimensions, Allen examines the reckless growth of a ‘casino economy’ where valuable resources were squandered by hedge funds and other financial speculators. He suggests that our current ‘for profit’ system is facing a deep, long-term crisis.
Written in a clear and accessible style, Ireland’s Economic Crash backs up its claim with carefully marshalled evidence and argument. Along the way Allen punctures five myths about the Irish crash – including that we all must share the pain – and proposes specific solutions to get us out of the crisis. Above all, Ireland’s Economic Crash is a passionate call for new thinking about economic alternatives and the future for Ireland.

About the Author
Dr Kieran Allen is a senior lecturer at the School of Sociology in University College Dublin. He has published widely and his previous books include The Celtic Tiger: The Myth of Special Partnership (2000) and The Corporate Takeover of Ireland (2007).

Ireland’s Economic Crash: A Radical Agenda for Change
By Kieran Allen
€16.95 / paperback / ISBN 978-1-905785-68-1 / 224 pages /

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