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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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Women in the Celtic Tiger (Deirdre Flynn)

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Deirdre Flynn

Women in the Celtic Tiger

The precise year the Celtic Tiger started changes depending on what academic, critic, economist or journalist you ask. However, one of the major markers of change for women in Ireland was in 1996, when the final ‘mother and baby’ home closed its doors, putting an end to the decades of enforced incarceration and punishment of women and girls. It was a further 13 years before the Ryan Report was published, detailing the mistreatment of infants, unpaid labour, and physical and sexual abuse of many in those Church and State-run institutions. Survivors are still waiting for justice. The closure of these institutions and the opening of national inquiries has been an essential step in the healing process. A report commissioned by the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre in 2002 highlighted that 42% of women, and 28% of men, in all of Ireland had experienced sexual abuse, one of the highest such figures in Europe.

Despite the suggestion that Ireland, during the Celtic Tiger, was a more liberal and secular place, the constitution tells a different story for the women of Ireland. The 8th Amendment, inserted into the constitution in 1983, meant that the heartbeat of the unborn was deemed to be of equal importance to the health of the mother, and abortion was not available in Ireland in any circumstance, apart from the legally vague clause about there being a real and substantial risk to the life of the...

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