In recent years I began to hear the expression ‘Ireland Inc’ being used in the media. At first I assumed it was just that -an expression, but over time the references to Ireland (It was always just Ireland or Eire for most of my life, to my knowledge) as Ireland Inc became so common, and is used by so many – that it seems it is some sort of official title.
In trying to answer the question I came across stuff that suggests that Ireland is registered as a Corporation so I am assuming that the expression means Ireland Incorporated.
Can anyone enlighten me by answering the following questions;
Is Ireland Inc. an official or legal term, or whatever? What does it mean? What’s it’s significance?
When did it become Ireland Inc. as distinct from Ireland as it used to be?
How come Ireland seems to be the only country (that I’ve ever heard) with Inc added. I’ve never heard of France Inc. or Britain Inc. or wherever?
I look forward to hearing from you.