10:24:01 PM Aug 8th 2010
When was Ireland classed as a Third World country? In the '70s and '80s we were poor and not members of NATO - but I don't think that really counts.
07:53:44 PM Feb 20th 2011
From the Other Wiki: "The term "Third World" arose during the Cold War to define countries that remained non-aligned or not moving at all with either capitalism and NATO (which along with its allies represented the First World) or communism and the Soviet Union (which along with its allies represented the Second World)." And since Ireland was poor and not part of NATO for a good while in the 60s-80s, it probably qualifies. I mean, hell, parts of Ireland didn't have running water or electricity until the mid-sixties.