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Facilitating the Future?
US Aid, European Integration and Irish Industrial Viability, 1948-73

Peter Murray (author)
Paperback / softback,
Publication date:
2nd July 2009

Author Biography

Peter Murray teaches Sociology at NUI Maynooth. His research for this book was supported by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences.


After the Second World War the Irish state maintained the high industrial tariffs of the 1930s, despite the inefficiency of its protected industries. Such inefficiency fed into the crisis of economic stagnation and mass emigration that engulfed the Republic in the 1950s. As EEC entry became the state's goal, adapting and upgrading Irish industries for free trade conditions loomed large in the 1960s. These ends were pursued through technical assistance schemes and a productivity drive - innovations introduced to the Irish state by the US Marshall Plan. This book looks at this neglected aspect of post-war Irish history and analyses the social, political and economic effects of the policies pursued.