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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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Oireachtas Joint Committee Report (Sean Barrett)


Sean Barrett

Oireachtas Joint Committee Report

The terms of reference for the Inquiry that were agreed by Dáil Éireann on November 25, 2014 and Seanad Éireann on November 26, 2014, stated that ‘the subject matter of the inquiry shall be to inquire into the reasons Ireland experienced a systemic banking crisis including the political, economic, social, cultural, financial and behavioural factors and policies which impacted on or contributed to the crisis, by investigating relevant matters relating to banking systems and practices, regulatory and supervisory systems and practices, crisis management systems, and policy responses and the preventative reforms implemented in the wake of the crisis.

The members of the Joint Committee were deputies Ciaran Lynch (chairman), Pearse Doherty, Joe Higgins, Michael McGrath, Eoghan Murphy, Kieran O’Driscoll and John Paul Phelan, and Senators Sean Barrett, Michael D’Arcy, Marc McSharry, and Susan O’Keefe. The committee held 95 public hearing sessions over 49 days, had private meetings on 57 days, and interviewed 131 witnesses. The witnesses included bank representatives, bank auditors and regulators, senior public servants, people from the construction sector, media commentators, economists from Ireland and abroad, and members and former members of the Oireachtas, including Taoiseach Kenny, former Taoisigh Ahern and Cowen, and senior figures in the Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, the Green Party, Labour and the Progressive Democrats. The Inquiry report covers three volumes, namely, Volume 1: The Report; Volume 2: The Inquiry Framework; and Volume 3: Evidence. The Report covers 11 chapters...

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