Explain Ireland from 1922 to about 1990

I never suggested that one do so. However, your post which prompted my reply specifically referred to that period of time before 1922, i.e. during the time of the Plantations and the Protestant Ascendancy. Moreover, you couched your argument in terms of religious bigotry:

Not only was your remark bigoted, but rather comical when one considers that for the three centuries from the Act of Supremacy until Waterloo, the most powerful nation in Europe was Catholic (first Spain, whose great wealth rested on their naval and shipbuilding prowess, then France, whose wealth derived from the great productivity of their vast Metropolitan holdings).


Harl;and and Wolf was a huge oiperation-at its peak, it employed thousands of workers. Same with the Scottish shipyards-firms like John Brown, Camel Laird dominated the business for years. Yet now, the industry is almost dead-Cunard had ist latest liner built in France.
So why did these enterprises fail? Were they slow to adapt to new methods? Or did low wage Korean and Asian yards make shipbuilding impossible , in the UK?

Irish GDP went up by a factor of 2 1960-1970 and a factor of four 1970-1980. The only real stagnant period 1960-1990 was the early 80’s, when growth more or less stopped.

If you use the link I posted above to view Irish industrial output as a fraction of GDP, it was pretty steady (and thus growing by a factor of fifteen since GDP grew by that amount) in the 1960-1980 period. UK industry at the same time was shrinking as a fraction of GDP.

I think you need a cite for your assertion in the OP. Ireland seems to have done pretty well after 1960 or so. Industry increased, GDP and GDP per captia grew rapidly, child mortality plunged, etc.

I was talking about the 40 years before that. In the 1960’s UK Industry began its decline and many moved overseas (or began too). If Ireland had followed a more industry friendly approach from the beginning, it could well have benefited from that as more Industry went to it.

I think the economic report by the civil servant T K Whitaker was very influencial in the changing the government thinking from autarky to a more open thinking on ecomonic affairs.

This formed the main part of Lemass’s economic policy once he became Taoisceach (Prime Minister) after DeValera in '59.

But if you want a good coverage of Ireland from 1912-1985, you could do worse than Joe Lee’s book: Ireland, 1912-1985: Politics and Society.