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Recalling the Celtic Tiger

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Edited By Eamon Maher, Eugene O'Brien and Brian Lucey

This book looks at various effects, symptoms and consequences of the period in Irish culture known as the Celtic Tiger. It will trace the critical pathway from boom to bust – and up to the current beginnings of a similar, smaller boom – through events, personalities and products. The short entries offer a sense of the lived experience of this seismic period in contemporary Irish society.

While clearly not all aspects of the period could realistically be covered, the book does contain essential information about the central actors, events, themes, and economic trends, which are discussed in a readable and accessible manner. Each entry is linked to the overall Celtic Tiger phenomenon and its immediate aftermath.

The book also provides a comprehensive account of what happened in this period and will be a factual resource for anyone anxious to discover information on the areas most commonly connected to it. All entries are written by experts in the area. The contributors include broadcasters, economists, cultural theorists, sociologists, literary critics, journalists, politicians and writers, each of whom brings particular insights to some aspect of the Celtic Tiger.

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Barrett, Sean (Charles Larkin)

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Charles Larkin

Barrett, Sean

Sean Barrett was born on February 19, 1944, in Cork. He grew up in Sutton, North County Dublin, is married to Maeve, and has one daughter, Melissa. He is a graduate of University College Dublin (BA, PhD) and McMaster University, Canada (MA). He has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin since 1977. While at Trinity College Dublin, he was the Junior Dean and Registrar of Chambers, responsible for student discipline and the allocation of accommodation.

Barrett became a Trinity Fellow in 1986. Barrett was well known for his support of open competition and deregulation in transport markets, most notably in creating competition in the taxi, bus transport and aviation transport markets. He was a critical influence on government policy related to air transport that allowed for the deregulation of the Irish aviation market in the mid-1980s which facilitated the growth of a small aviation firm called Ryanair, now the largest airline by passenger numbers in Europe.

Barrett’s Transport Economics class was a favourite of students, and produced many illustrious alumni, including Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary. He was elected to Seanad Éireann as an independent for the University of Dublin (Trinity College Dublin) constituency in 2011 for one term, finishing in June 2016. He was a member of the Joint Oireachtas Banking Inquiry and proposed several items of legislation:

1. Copyright and Related Rights (Innovation) (Amendment) Bill 2015;

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