This second issue of Irish Marxist Re-view is both improved in presentation and larger in content. It also now has a website www.irishmarxistreview.net where our First issue can be found. Many thanks to all those whose hard work has made this possible.
For the best part of four years Irish politics has been dominated by the impact of the international crisis of capitalism that erupted in 2008. From the standpoint of the Irish ruling class, like ruling classes everywhere, the main task has been to ensure that the burden of paying for the crisis is shouldered firmly by the mass of working people and the poor. So far, it has to be said, they have made a good job of this.