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It’s only a week or two ago since we predicted that the current crisis in Ireland would unleash a whole series of defensive struggles as the bosses attempt to make us pay for their crisis. The fact is that, although the Irish economy is rapidly heading towards the rocks and Brian Cowen and the bosses are sharpening their knives for cuts in wages and redundancies, the Irish working class was immeasurably strengthened during the years of the so called Celtic Tiger. As the saying goes you can peel an onion skin by skin, but you can’t skin a tiger claw by claw.