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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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Commission on the Private Rented Sector (Lorcan Sirr)

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Lorcan Sirr

Commission on the Private Rented Sector

In June 1999, mid-Celtic Tiger, at a time of rapidly rising rents and turbulence in the sector, a Commission was established by the then Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal to review the regulation of the sector, including:

1. Security of tenure;

2. Rent certainty;

3. Landlord and Tenant Code that balanced rights and responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants;

4. Investment in the private residential sector.

Following the Commission’s findings and report, the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 provided for a modern system of residential landlord and tenant legislation. This included the establishment of the Private Rented Tenancies Board (PRTB) with responsibility for tenancy registration, dispute resolution and research, information and policy advice. The Commission was chaired by Thomas A. Dunne of Dublin Institute of Technology. The PRTB was established on foot of the Commission’s report to register tenancies and also to act as a dispute resolution body between landlords and tenants. The Private Residential Tenancies Board became the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) in 2016.

The Residential Tenancies Act 2004 was a watershed in the private rented sector in Ireland. Rapidly increasing house prices since the beginning of the Celtic Tiger, coupled with immigration of much-needed workers, had seen the purchase of housing pushed out of the reach of many households and a consequent reliance on the private rented sector. The Act was a substantial response to...

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