Ireland: Closing the Banks

In good times as well as bad, the Irish remain feisty folk. Among other things, labor-management strife increases even as the little (pop. 2,800,000) Republic of Ireland grows more prosperous. In 1960 Ireland had virtually no strikes. Last year it had 89 major ones — trainmen quit running trains, gravediggers quit digging graves, and, no doubt with special enthusiasm, mailmen cut off all parcel-post traffic be tween the Ould Sod and England.

The situation is certainly no better so far this year. Just last week Irish electrical workers walked out, causing wide spread shutdowns on everything from telephones to electrically...

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