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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Pleb View Post
    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.
    It's a counter to SF Ink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Pleb View Post
    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.
    It is just an expression mainly used by people who think we should (or even could) run the country like it's a business.

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    In all seriousness though, its just a term like the celtic tiger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Pleb View Post
    Is Ireland Inc. an official or legal term, or whatever? What does it mean? What’s it’s significance?
    It's actually hugely revealing about the true nature of the southern state.

    It's still a colonial construct, run by and in the interests of landlords and bankers, managed by a native gombeen middleman class happy to exploit the peasants for their masters as long as they get to skim a bit off the top. It is NOT a Republic and it is NOT run by and in the interests of the people.

    The only difference between now and the 19th century is the actual cast of people who really benefit, the fundamentals of the setup remain the same, with a thin veneer - pretense, really - of democracy painted on top to fool and pacify the herd.

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    It has no more official standing than "cool Britannia". What it means is that the author of the piece is viewing Ireland first and foremost as an economy, and often in the context of treating the Irish economy as if it were a large company - so in terms of 'competitiveness' and 'innovation'.

    The equivalent term for the UK, but less used, is "UK plc".
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    Quote Originally Posted by SideysGhost View Post
    It's actually hugely revealing about the true nature of the southern state.

    It's still a colonial construct, run by and in the interests of landlords and bankers, managed by a native gombeen middleman class happy to exploit the peasants for their masters as long as they get to skim a bit off the top. It is NOT a Republic and it is NOT run by and in the interests of the people.

    The only difference between now and the 19th century is the actual cast of people who really benefit, the fundamentals of the setup remain the same, with a thin veneer - pretense, really - of democracy painted on top to fool and pacify the herd.
    Not really, it's not an Irish thing.

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    its is used now because when we took anglos private debts on board we turned from a nation to a debt financing kip! owned and controlled by banks and large corperations

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    I ranted here about this four years ago...

    http://www.politics.ie/forum/chat/56...orporated.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by SideysGhost View Post
    It's actually hugely revealing about the true nature of the southern state.

    It's still a colonial construct, run by and in the interests of landlords and bankers, managed by a native gombeen middleman class happy to exploit the peasants for their masters as long as they get to skim a bit off the top. It is NOT a Republic and it is NOT run by and in the interests of the people.

    The only difference between now and the 19th century is the actual cast of people who really benefit, the fundamentals of the setup remain the same, with a thin veneer - pretense, really - of democracy painted on top to fool and pacify the herd.
    In a nutshell, great post.

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