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Irish Left Review Journal Vol. 1 No. 1 January 2013

Ireland and the Shadow Banking System, Part 1
Conor McCabe
Dave Lordan
Ireland’s For Sale Sign: Corporation Tax
Donagh Brennan
For the Living and the Dead  
Sarah Clancy
IFSC Clearing House: What the Irish Times Doesn’t Say and Why it Matters
Mark Malone
from after Rimbaud
Sean Bonny
Interview: Richard Murphy 
Riding Against the Lizard – On the Need for Anger Now
William Wall
How the Shadow Banking Sector is Wrecking the Irish Economy
Donagh Brennan


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12 Responses

  1. Donagh

    January 25, 2013 9:37 am

    Yes Mairead, I just have to figure out how to add it to site. It will be a three issue subscription for one year at 15 euros, plus 2 euros postage, bringing it to 21 euros for the year. I’ll put your name in the list and let you known when its available.

    If you’re around for the launch on the 2nd of Feb, in Connolly Books, Temple Bar at 2pm we’ll be taking names for those interested in subscriptions too.

  2. LeftAtTheCross

    January 25, 2013 10:38 pm

    Just finished reading it cover to cover. Huge piece of work. I know you publish pieces like those all the time on-line but somehow it seems to carry more weight when grouped together as a themed collection and printed to exist in the real world rather than just appearing fleetingly on the internet before being overtaken by the latest article somewhere else. Well done, your work is immortal now, who knows where it might make a difference at some time in the future.

    Now, for the serious question. WTF do we do about the IFSC?

  3. Donagh

    January 25, 2013 10:48 pm

    Wow, Left at the Cross, thanks very much. And I agree about the difference between print and the web, but I only realised it myself once it was printed. Regarding your question, I don’t know exactly, but I suppose one of the main points for the journal is to say that we really need to start looking at this.

  4. LeftAtTheCross

    January 25, 2013 11:06 pm

    We do need to start looking at this. And I suspect you will be needing to print more than that initial batch of 80 copies or whatever number it is.

    Am I imagining it or has Vincent Browne read it? I flicked past his show the other evening, was it last night, I can’t remember, Joe Higgins and Saphead O’Donoghue were on, and Vinny seemed to home in on the numbers employed in the IFSC. I flicked on when O’Donoghue started waffling.

    Perhaps you should gift the members of the Dáil Technical Group and a few Shinners a copy, to embed the necessity of dealing with the IFSC into the political mainstream?

    It’s a serious piece of work and the various contributors deserve credit for it.

    Perhaps your launch at Connolly Books and elsewhere could be an opportunity to ask the question , where to from here regarding the cancer of the IFSC? There are no glib answers, no general strikes, or massive protest marches, but we do need to do something.

  5. CMK

    January 26, 2013 11:26 pm

    Got it yesterday in Connolly Books. Haven’t had a chance to read it yet but Dave Lordan’s poem was excellent. A great achievement and represents an important intellectual development for the Irish left. Well done!

  6. Donagh

    January 30, 2013 12:52 pm

    Noted, thanks Miriam. I am going to change this section later to allow for people to take out subscriptions through PayPal.

    Thanks for the comment LatC and CMK. The 80 copies has sold out, and we’re delighted with that. Connolly Books and Books Upstairs have bee restocked today.

    On your point LatC, banking, financialisation in Ireland and the role of the IFSC and those Irish companies that benefit from the incentives that the government provide are things that are often mentioned by those on the left, but there is very little analysis of it. More often than not when we comment on it it’s a response to what rightwing commentators have said. So we need to do our own analysis which is informed by current debates within Marxism.


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