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IBS Lunchtime Research Seminar - 'Industry and Policy in Independent Ireland, 1922-1972'

Henley Live Tree
Event information
Date 10 January 2024
Time 13:00-14:30 (Timezone: Europe/London)
Price Free
Venue Henley Business School
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You are cordially invited to attend an International Business and Strategy Departmental Research Meeting, during which there will be a presentation by Frank Barry, Trinity Business School, Dublin. A reminder that attendance for IBS (full time, research oriented) staff and full-time students is compulsory, and where possible, must be in person. Individuals unable to attend in person, due to legitimate reasons will be provided a Teams link on request. Non-IBS staff are welcome to attend, but must register prior to the event. If you have not received the email invite please email Jana Oslejova.

Please join us in Room 108, Henley Business School, if you would like to attend, please register using the link below:

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Please make sure you let me know in advance if you intend to attend in person so that the correct amount of catering is booked.

Date: Wednesday 10th January 2024, HBS Room 108

Time: 13.00 – 14.15 pm


The Irish Free State was predominantly agricultural when Southern Ireland exited the United Kingdom in 1922. Industrial development was high on the nationalist agenda, as would later be the case across the entire post-colonial world. Despite decades of protection, Ireland remained under-industrialised when it joined the European Economic Community in 1973. Over the previous decade and a half however the foundations of later convergence had been laid. Ireland was an early adopter of what would come to be known - in the context of the Chinese liberalisation of the late 1970s - as dual-track reform: the policy of attracting outward-oriented foreign direct investment was initiated before substantial trade liberalisation began. By 1972 the foundations of subsequent progress were already discernible, notwithstanding the post-accession collapse of most protectionist-era businesses. Frank Barry's new book from Oxford University Press tracks the evolution of industry in Ireland by identifying the leading manufacturing employers over the various phases of the country's economic development.