History- Pt.7 Postwar to 1970’s. [187]

The events that occurred during this period are far too many and complex to be addressed in a few short paragraphs.  Rather, in this venue, the stamps and postal stationery are of significance. Since this period is almost current news, the reader should refer to contemporary new articles.  ABC187 History on Stamps, Pt.7, Postwar to 1970’s

The Post-War era saw Ireland in an unusual position in Europe.  Although the population was still in decline due to the lack of jobs, there were jobs available for skilled workers in the rest of Europe. European nations united to handle common problems in rebuilding despite national differences  with American urging (and dollars).  First, the rebuilding the coal and steel industry (Figure 1) which did not impact on Ireland.  The CEPT (Posts and Telecommunication) saw Ireland as an early member (Figure 2).  American firms were welcomed by favorable tax incentives, and the availability of workers who were educated, and English-speaking.

At this point, Ireland achieved complete independence (Figure 4).

Other common interest areas saw Irish participation.  Ireland became an active participant in the United Nations peace keeping in over 50 operations involving Irish military. (Figure 3). The Fisheries program was of particular interest to Ireland due to its large fishing industry and the nearby fishing grounds. (Figure 5).  A notable absence was that of NATO (Figure 6).  Based on the experiences with neutrality in WWII, this course was chosen again.  As in WWII, this did not mean a complete absence of contact. Cross-training between NATO militaries occurred and common bonds established. Ireland joined the EEC (European Economic Commission) in 1973 working to reduce tariffs As Europe grew, so did Ireland.(Figure 7)  Ireland served as the president of the EEC on several occasions (Figure 8), and has benefitted from membership.
Ireland has a healthy tourism industry. The An Tostal program (Figure 9) welcomed back emigrants in the 1950’s, and other vigorous programs have followed.

Wikipedia, Ireland (Reviewed 21 July 2019
Moody, T.W. and Martin, F.X., The Course of irish History, 4th ed., Roberts Rinehart, Lantham, Md., 2001.