Ireland. The sharp economic upturn in Ireland continues, and
the country still makes reasons for the name Celtic Tiger.
At the beginning of the year, the Irish Government signed a
new social agreement with the social partners, allowing wage
increases of a total of 16% over the next three years. Added
to this are promised tax cuts of £ 1.25 billion,
representing a total income increase of 26% over 33 months.
But the booming economy also leads to the fact that Ireland,
who has received large contributions from the EU, will soon
have to become a net contributor, like other rich countries
in Europe. Support for EU membership has been very strong in
I., but now Irish politicians are warning that a resistance
may emerge when the country has to start sharing its income
to poorer regions in the EU.
COUNTRYAAH, the growth also leads to rapid social change and a wave
of immigrants who are applying to the Irish labor market,
where there are plenty of jobs. This is a hitherto unknown
phenomenon for the Irish, who for many generations have seen
the young leave the poor Ireland to seek their livelihood in some
other part of the world.
These are issues of the future that are being discussed
more vividly in Ireland. A debate of a more firm kind broke out
when the Irish government appointed the controversial Hugh
O'Flaherty as deputy head of the European Investment Bank,
The European Investment Bank. The appointment came just a
year after O'Flaherty was forced to resign as a judge in the
Supreme Court of Justice after shortening the prison
sentence for a man who had killed a woman through careless
It also attracted a great deal of attention when a
handwritten chapter of national author James Joyce's
world-famous novel "Ulysses" ('Odysseus') was sold at
auction for $ 1.5 million. The chapter, which has Joyce's
signature, was purchased by the Irish National Library, The
National Library of Ireland, in Dublin.
The struggle for same-sex marriage
Varadkar is Ireland's first open gay Taoiseach. In 2015,
he fought vigorously for Ireland to constitutionally
recognize same-sex marriage. On May 22, 2015, 62 percent
voted to allow same-sex marriage in a referendum, which was
termed a social revolution in a country strongly dominated
by the doctrines of the Catholic Church.
Ireland was the first country to recognize same-sex
marriage after a referendum. In the political parties, the
reactions were unilaterally positive, while the Catholic
Church and other denominations were naturally negative.
The struggle for the law of abortion
The issue of abortion has been a hot topic in Ireland. In
1983, a constitutional amendment was added to the Irish
constitution following a referendum that recognized the
unborn child's right to life, ie a ban on abortion and a
woman's right to decide her own destiny. The referendum on
abortion, held on May 25, 2018, abolished the 1983
constitutional amendment when a 66.4 percent majority voted
for women's right to self-determined abortion.
The struggle for same-sex marriage and self-determined
abortion shows that Ireland has undergone major changes in
the 21st century. The church has lost its strong foothold
and the country has become more secular.