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By Camilla Fitzsimons

This publication explores neighborhood schooling in eire and argues that neoliberalism has had a profound influence on group schooling. instead of keep its foundational features of collective, equality-led ideas and practices, neighborhood schooling has misplaced a lot of its independence and has been reshaped into areas characterized by means of labour-market activation, vocationalisation and marketisation. those adjustments have usually, even though now not continuously, run opposite to the needs of these eager about neighborhood schooling growing huge, immense tensions for practitioners, direction services and participants.

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Similar difficulty arises with the LCDP. Again, this does not merely signify a name change from previous LAPs, but instead represents an immense reshaping of a core component at the heart of the community sector. The language of accreditation has also changed with FETAC and HETAC22 now merged into Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). Signposting Chapters The introductory chapter serves a number of purposes, to describe community education and its connections with community development, to introduce discussion on the global ubiquity of neoliberalism, to determine a process of neoliberalisation within community education and to introduce the inclusion of primary research.

In 2015, the 1 INTRODUCTION: COMMUNITY EDUCATION IN NEOLIBERAL TIMES 27 Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) voted for industrial action in opposition to persistent overcrowding in hospital emergency services. Government reaction was predictably against worker’s rights to withdraw labour as a way to legitimately bring about change. The Fine Gael/Labour government of the time called for nurses to enter into “constructive engagement” with health service coordinators, a request dismissed by one opposition leader Mary-Lou McDonald who captured much national sentiment when she accused the government of having “some cheek”.

Despite various stimulus packages and often crippling austerity measures, the anticipated recovery associated with the boom-bust nature of capitalism 1 INTRODUCTION: COMMUNITY EDUCATION IN NEOLIBERAL TIMES 17 has been slow to emerge. In 2010, the US congressional research service described capitalism as “locked in a descending spiral” with conventional federal interventions failing to get the crisis under control (Jickling 2010: 4). Rather than let neoliberalism crash, responses to the economic downturn and indeed the bulk of conversation in the public domain were about managing this crisis and similar ideologies were espoused from both sides of the mainstream political spectrum.

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