But this ignores the fact that, just as the process that you outline has been part of a deliberate strategy not just in Ireland, but globally, there is now palpable push back against same, again globally.
Within the Irish context, to hop aboard this particular ideological movement by way of taking a stance on one side every one of the culture war issues of the past 40 years, was to also make a statement about oneself to the effect that the individual was an outward looking, forward thinker who rejected what was the supposed accepted misery of an Ireland stated to be under the yoke of imposed clericalism and economic penury. The success of this approach was such that people who came of age in 1980s Ireland have convinced themselves that they were born in a 3rd world country and that everything that ocxurred pre 1990 is somehow evil.
The fact that living standards were relatively high in global terms simply highlights the parochialism of this outlook that was little more than a weaponised power grab by such persons who fully bought into the globalist mantra (and who generally did quite well out of it). In political terms the Repeal referendum was to have been their coronation (it may actually prove to have been their high water mark). The fact that their new proto liberal Ireland has reestablished tenement slums and removed basic security of tenure (both of which had been eliminàted by the time of the supposed horrors of the 1980s) from much of the population appears lost on them. Its simply given that the past was evil and that they are some manner of chosen people who have delivered Ireland into the promised (globalist) land…30 years after it occurred in their peer states of the EU.
Their problem now however is that their form of proto liberal globalism is in retreat everywhere else. And that to protect what they have created on the island of Ireland will require them seeking to insulate the State (ironically enough) against outside influence. Its hard to see how this may be achieved over the medium to longer term in a society with a clearly identifiable vehicle for the channelling of nationalist sentiment in the form of the Brexit process. Indeed, they themselves
(inclusive of many of the proto liberals who have gone quiet on this site of late) engaged in months of stoking of such nationalist sentiment last year around that same Brexit process. Theyre now (since last weekend) hurriedly trying to put the cat back into the bag but its likely too late.