An examination of Ireland in the 21st century that documents the great changes that have taken place in the 15 years. Key drivers shaping change and how government, policy makers and the people have managed the transformations are analysed together with a study of the consequences of such change. An essential text for those wishing to understand the contemporary Irish economic and social landscape.
This is an account of Ireland in the twenty first century and the remarkable economic and social transformations that have occurred since the late 1980s. The 'Celtic Tiger' phenomenon made Ireland the focus of much attention in recent years. Other countries have openly declared that they want to follow the Irish economic and social model. Yet there is no book that gives a comprehensive, spatially informed analysis of the Irish experience. This book fills that gap. Divided into four parts - planning and development, the economy, the political landscape, and population and social issues - the book explains a particular aspect of Ireland and Irish life. The authors reveal how the transformations that have occurred are uneven and unequal in their effects across the country and highlight the challenges now facing Irish society and policy-makers.