Fianna Fáil and the Wasted Years

Interesting analysis over at the Irish Left Review of how Fianna Fáil used state power in the interests of the super-rich during the boom years from the Research Section of The Workers’ Party. I recommend that everyone read it. The Research Section of The Workers’ Party was a major force in the Irish left during the 1970s and 1980s, exposing the squalid reality of the banking system, the surrendering of natural resources to private capital, and other inequities in Irish society, while also offering detailed alternative socialist economic policies. It brought a level of sophistication to the Irish Left that had no parallel, and helped give The Workers’ Party its radical and disctinctive vision for Irish society. Let’s hope that this early effort is a step towards recreating a serious Irish left.

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