Part III in each of its three chapters outlined the core elements of what has become known as the Irish model, a model that has entered into a profound crisis. This final chapter assesses the options now facing Ireland amid the steps being taken to manage the crisis. While some may be quick to see this as the end of the Irish model, the quote with which this chapter opens reminds us that such an outcome is by no means assured and that a range of options are possible at a moment like this. The most that can be said is that the crisis opens a space of questioning and struggles, a discrediting of what was largely accepted as legitimate by most citizens while it seemed to deliver economic growth and employment opportunities. It is, then, a moment of new possibilities but who is going to seize these possibilities and for what requires careful analysis. This is the subject of this chapter.
KeywordsPolitical Culture Party System Labour Party Opposition Party Irish State
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