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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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Peace Process: A French Perspective (Fabrice Mourlon)

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Fabrice Mourlon

Peace Process: A French Perspective

In the 1990s, the Peace Process in Northern Ireland that would lead to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 developed at the same time as the economy in the Republic of Ireland experienced an unprecedented boom, which encouraged cross-border cooperation. The Common Travel Area (1923) agreement between Ireland and the UK, which allowed free movement of people, together with the integration of both countries into the European Single Market (1993), guaranteeing free circulation of goods, paved the way for more economic exchanges. The positive impact of the EU Structural and Cohesion Funds, the investment in quality education and the setting-up of low corporation tax rates fuelled Foreign Direct Investment in the Republic of Ireland – especially from the US – boosting new sectors such as ICT, high-tech, life sciences and financial services. The over-reliance on foreign investments also meant that the financial crisis of 2008 hit the Irish economy hard. It would appear to be improving again if the economic data is anything to go by.

During the Peace Process, Northern Ireland also enjoyed US investment and benefited from the EU Programmes such as PEACE (1995–2020) and INTERREG (1991–2020). Political developments from the mid-1980s on created a favourable context for the resolution of the conflict. The republican movement led by Gerry Adams eschewed violence to adopt a political approach. SDLP leader John Hume played a decisive and crucial role in developing a peacemaking model...

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