Women’s Employment and Multinationals in the Republic of Ireland: The Creation of a New Female Labour Force

  • Pauline Jackson
  • Ursula Barry


A deliberate policy of encouraging multinational companies to establish subsidiaries was adopted in Ireland in the late 1950s. This policy was a direct reversal of previous policies which had been based, since the establishment of the state in 1922, on varying levels of protection for domestic firms. This protection involved not only high tariffs on consumer goods coming into the country, but also specific controls over the ownership of industry. The Control of Manufacture Act (1934) stated that where a new company was being set up, half of the issued share capital and two-thirds of capital with voting rights must be held by the Irish citizens. Furthermore, a majority of directors of a new company had to be Irish citizens.


Labour Force Labour Force Participation Multinational Company Manufacture Export Traditional Industry 
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  • Ursula Barry

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