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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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Chopra, Ajai (Charles Larkin)


Charles Larkin

Chopra, Ajai

Born in India, Chopra attended the University of Bombay for his BA and then completed his PhD at the University of Virginia. His career was as an IMF Official from 1984 to 2014. He was most notable for the Irish Bailout as Deputy Director of the Europe Department prior to his retirement in 2014. Chopra previously managed the South Korean bailout programme in 1997. During his visits to Ireland for programme monitoring he became a well-received public figure. He engaged with the academic economics community, attending the Dublin Economics Workshop conference in Kenmare, Co. Kerry, in October 2011.

In testimony given to the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry, Chopra highlighted many of the deficiencies in the design and execution of the Troika Bailout brought about by policy mandates and inexperience on the part of the ECB and European Commission. Chopra highlighted the negative impact of ECB President Trichet’s ultimatums on the Bailout and maintained that the ECB had gone beyond its mandate and had conducted its business in a fashion that was not in keeping with a member state organisation.←63 | 64→ ←64 | 65→

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