Work is Ireland’s new religion, unemployment its new sin

Unthinkable: Our religious devotion to work stigmatises those who are less productive

Ray Griffin  (left) and Tom Boland (right), authors of The Reformation of Welfare: The New Faith of the Labour Market.

Ray Griffin (left) and Tom Boland (right), authors of The Reformation of Welfare: The New Faith of the Labour Market.

The separation of Catholic Church and State seems to be nearing completion. There are legacy arguments about land ownership, religious oaths, and such like, however the days of bishops manipulating government policy are long gone.

But has one church in Ireland simply been replaced by another? As religious moralising dissipates, other forms of judgmentalism – and especially those allied to free-market economics – have become more dominant.

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