Monday June 1, 2020

How did we get here? And how are we doing?

Economics/politics: Austerity and Recovery in Ireland: Europe’s Poster Child and the Great Recession, Edited by William K Roche, Philip J O’Connell and Andrea Prothero, Oxford University Press, €69

22nd January, 2017
Former taoiseach Brian Cowen and the late Brian Lenihan: is the current generation of politicians any less myopic? PIc: Tony O’shea

The Great Irish Recession – a particularly acute and painful metastasisation of the global financial crisis – is the defining domestic event of recent years. It brought an end to the Celtic Tiger period with a concussive thud. For the best part of a decade, the recession and its aftermath has dominated Irish discourse; it is a sprawling thing, not confined to one theatre of conflict. Its consequences have redrawn the political landscape and the...

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