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Well, the summer starts here. My chart for a new module on global finance. hopefully I’ll have it filled out by the end of August. I’d be looking to do a variation of this for activists as well. As always, I’ll post stuff here as I go along and sure see what happens. The module is in five parts:

1. Capital
2. Architecture of Global Finance
3. The Hunt for Yield
4. Ireland and Global Finance
5. Alternatives

Half-thinking of using the module as the basis for a short textbook on the subject, aimed mainly at activists and a non-academic audience. Again, sure see what happens.

Rana Plaza One Year On

Slides for a short presentation at Comhlámh 12 Parliament Street, Dublin, 2, tonight at 7pm.

Editorial, Finance [Dublin], May 1987

The coming of age of the financial services industry in Ireland lies not just in the development of a fully integrated financial system after 55 years of independence, but also in a change in the concept and attitude towards finance in Ireland. Rapidly disappearing is the historic distrust of the financier as a modern-day gaimbin [gombeen] man (”interest man”). In its place is a new understanding of the financial services sector as a real contributor to the development of the economy, to the development of exports, increased output, and, yes, jobs.”

Lecture given at IPA, 26 April 2014.


I already covered this in the 2nd edition of Sins of the Father, but additional confirmation here.

From page 115 of ECB Annual Report for 2013. Thanks to Nessa Ni Chasaide of Debt and Development Coalition for the reference.


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Who Watches the Watchmen: The Gardai, drugs and the working class

Look Back in Anger: Brian Hanley on remembering the reality of WW1

Conor McCabe on Ireland, the frontline of the class war

Sean Garland pays tribute to RMT leader Bob Crow

LookLeft talks to Andy Irvine

Kevin Brannigan on the struggle to save the home of Irish football

Interview with Belfast’s Red Devil: Des O’Hagan

Jennifer Silva on Economic Uncertainty and Mental Health

Mark Walshe on Making a market out of education

Chris Hudson asks Where is progressive unionism?

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Presentation at the Communist Party of Ireland event, “We All Partied? They Partied, We Paid”. Connolly House, 29 March 2014.

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