Green Politics in Ireland

Green Politics in Ireland : The Political Economy of Sustainability and the Reclaiming of Republicanism

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With 95% of it's energy coming from imported fossil fuels, particularly oil and natural gas, and it's position as the third highest oil consuming nation in the EU, Ireland is uniquely vulnerable to ecological change.In Green Politics in Ireland John Barry shows how the Republic's much vaunted status as the most globalised economy in the world has left it extremely exposed to geo-political vicissitudes in energy supplier countries such as Russia and Iraq. He documents how the brief period of unprecedented economic growth was fuelled by plentiful supplies of cheap hydrocarbons, lax planning and wilful disregard for the island's ecology.Green Politics in Ireland shows the challenge facing the generation of Irish people now waking up to the hangover of the decade before and maps out the necessary transition to a sustainable, low carbon economy.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 135 x 215mm
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0745330525
  • 9780745330525

Table of contents

Introduction 1. The Evolution of Green Politics in Ireland 2. From the Political Economy of Unsustainability towards a `Green New Deal' 3. Reclaiming Republicanism and the Refounding of the Republic 4. Ireland in a Carbon Constrained, Climate Changed World Conclusionshow more

About John Barry

John Barry is Reader in Politics at Queen's University Belfast and Associate Director of the Institute for a Sustainable World. He is a former co-chair of the Green Party in Northern Ireland and a founding member of Holywood Transition Town.show more