Ireland and the Financial Crisis

Michael Holmes

This paper examines the response of centre-left and left political parties and groups in Ireland to the euro-zone crisis. The focus is primarily on political parties, particularly the left-nationalist Sinn Fein and the more orthodox radical left Socialist Party. However, it gives some consideration to public protest movements as well. The paper examines how the economic crisis in Ireland has affected radical left parties, and how this has contributed to a re-positioning of these parties in relation to European integration and the EU.

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