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Gas, Oil and the Irish StateUnderstanding the Dynamics and Conflicts of Hydrocarbon Management$
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Amanda Slevin

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781784992743

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784992743.001.0001

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A new millennium, a new approach (2000–14)

A new millennium, a new approach (2000–14)

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Gas, Oil and the Irish State

Amanda Slevin

Manchester University Press

The privatisation of some state infrastructural assets in 2000 signified a decisive break from the ideology underpinning the 1975 terms and the decade which followed brought further changes to the licensing system and legislative framework. Documenting such amendments and offshore and onshore exploration and production, this chapter highlights how social pressures resulting from these activities influenced the introduction of the 2007 licensing terms, a 2012 review of Ireland's licensing regime by a cross-party Government committee, and a 2014 report by Wood Mackenzie. Summarising changes to Ireland's licensing regime from 1959 to 2014, this chapter articulates problematic elements of the state's model and emphasises a certain consistency despite shifts in political leadership and levels of control over state resource management. By tracing the evolution of the state's approach, connections begin to appear between the state's management of its resources and occurrences in Irish political economy. Global trends also appear to have had an impact with the 1975 terms reflecting a growth in resource nationalisation internationally while the 1992 terms demonstrate the influence of neoliberal ideology. Given such correlations, further insights can be gained by comparing Ireland's experiences with those of other countries - a task which commences in the following section.

Keywords:   Privatisation of state assets, Influence of social pressures, 2007 terms, 2012 Oireachtas review, Wood Makenzie report, Changes to Ireland's licensing regime (1959 - 2014)

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