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Recalling the Celtic Tiger


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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Cardiff, Kevin (Charles Larkin)


Charles Larkin

Cardiff, Kevin

Kevin Cardiff was born in Dublin in 1961, and was a civil servant. He was educated at the University of Washington, in Seattle (BA), and at University College Dublin (Master of Business Studies). He is a non-executive director of KBC Bank Ireland, and is the Chairperson of the Board of Audit of the European Stability Mechanism. Cardiff completed a six-year term of office beginning in 2012, as a member of the European Court of Auditors at the end of February 2018.

Previously, Cardiff was Second Secretary (second in command), in the Department of Finance of Ireland during the bailout period of 2006–10, and was appointed as Secretary General (lead position) of the Department of Finance in February 2010. He began his civil service career in 1984 after he returned from the University of Washington.

Cardiff’s testimony and supporting documents to the Joint Oireachtas Inquiry into the Banking Crisis was extremely detailed, running to over 420 pages of text. It formed an important basis for the analysis of the Committee and the underlying understanding of what actually took place on the night of the Banking Guarantee of September 29/30, 2008.←61 | 62→ ←62 | 63→

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