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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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Troika (Charles Larkin)


Charles Larkin


The ‘Troika’ was the colloquial term used to describe the combined officials of the International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank and European Commission that designed, executed and administered the €85bn bailout package for Ireland.

The Troika had quarterly meetings with Irish officials as part of the conditionality of the bailout. They would follow those meetings with an initial press conference, outlining what progress they felt had, or had not, taken place as part of the Irish reform and fiscal restructuring programme.

Reports by the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission would then follow. Both the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission continued post-programme monitoring for two years after the December 2010–December 2013 programme was completed. The initial public faces of the Troika were Ajai Chopra (IMF), Istavan Szekely (European Commission) and Klaus Masuch from the European Central Bank.←323 | 324→ ←324 | 325→

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