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Ireland's Epic Boom and Bust

Fintan O’Toole is columnist and critic for the Irish Times. Like everyone else, he saw Ireland’s astounding boom, from the ‘90s and into the new millennium.

The Celtic Tiger, standing, roaring. New factories and jobs and pride and money everywhere. A dazzling Ireland as Europe’s sparkling icon of free-market globalization.

And then, it all came crashing down. Now Ireland is in deep trouble. And Fintan O’Toole is delivering a scathing post-mortem on the Celtic Tiger and what went wrong.

This hour, On Point: On St. Patrick’s Day, after the bust in Ireland.

Guest:

Fintan O’Toole, columnist and critic for the Irish Times. His new book is “Ship of Fools: How Stupidity and corruption sank the Celtic Tiger.”

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