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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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Ryan Report (Catherine Maignant)

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Catherine Maignant

Ryan Report

Following the Ferns Report (2005), The Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse or Ryan Report (2009), shook the foundations of Irish society by exposing the lofty ideals of twentieth-century Catholic Ireland as being somewhat fraudulent. Dealing mostly with allegations concerning some 60 Industrial Schools and reformatories run by religious orders under the supervision of the Irish Department of Education, it identified over 800 abusers in more than 200 institutions. It also revealed that Church and State collusion from the early days of the Irish Free State had served to occlude the heinous reality of the abuse visited on children in such institutions and the subsequent cover-up by Church figures, politicians and local authorities. It laid bare the cruelty and the misery, the shame and the guilt that the system engendered.

With the Ryan Report, Celtic Tiger Ireland contributed to disrupting the flawed ethical compass that nationalist Ireland had established. In the age of human rights, wealthy, educated Ireland cast a critical eye on its murky past, to a time when the poverty-stricken country’s poorest and most vulnerable children were denied the most basic human rights. That the situation should have persisted until the turn of the twenty-first century was particularly disturbing.

As is so often the case, the media were central to the debunking of myths by disclosing unpalatable truths which led to the first legal actions by former inmates of Catholic institutions. Mary Raftery’s...

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