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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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Murphy Report (John Littleton)


John Littleton

Murphy Report

In November 2009, during the Celtic Tiger era, the Murphy Report – with the exception of Chapter 19 because of impending court cases – was released after the conclusion of the Irish government’s commission of investigation into sexual abuse in the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin. That commission was chaired by Circuit Court Judge Yvonne Murphy and its 720-page report was one of several on sexual abuse by clergy in Irish Catholic dioceses. In addition, the Ryan Report, released a few months earlier in 2009, focused on physical and sexual abuse in Irish Industrial Schools, orphanages and the Magdalene laundries that had been owned and managed by various Catholic religious congregations on behalf of the State.

The Murphy Report concluded that, whenever dealing with sexual abuse allegations made by a representative sample of 320 complainants’ allegations and suspicions against 46 priests between 1975 and 2004, the Archdiocese was more concerned about avoiding scandal and protecting the Church’s reputation and assets than about ensuring children’s safety and obtaining justice for abuse survivors/victims. Consequently, prior to 1996, complaints to Church authorities regarding sexual abuse by priests were usually ignored. They were certainly not reported to An Garda Síochána (the Irish police service) and other relevant State agencies. Furthermore, alleged offenders were invariably reassigned to other parishes or apostolates without informing colleagues and parishioners about the reason for their removal and transfer. Occasionally, they were temporarily withdrawn from active ministry, sent for psychological counselling...

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