Irish Questions

Analysis | 25 February 2019 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Edward Stourton sets out the long history of Irish political, social, cultural and economic issues influencing and shaping UK politics. Covers the Acts of Union in 1800, the Catholic Emancipation in the 1820s, the 1840s Irish potato famine, Catholic clerical education, the campaign for Home Rule leading ultimately to the War of Irish Independence in the twentieth century and the bloody establishment of the Irish Free State, as well as the Troubles and the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. Considers what lessons these episodes may hold for today’s Westminster politicians and how to imagine the Anglo-Irish future.

Ireland: Austerity Poster Child

FT Alphachat | 15 June 2017 | 0h 58m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Fascinating insights on Ireland’s recession. Explains that the openness of Ireland’s economy, with relatively large imports and exports as a share of the economy, was more determinative of the shape of the recession than decisions around the extent of austerity. Lessons for New Zealand given the parallels including overseas borrowing pushing up property prices.