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UK economist Kevin Gardiner, head of global equity strategy at the investment banking unit of global bank HSBC, in 1994 coined the term Celtic Tiger, comparing Ireland's unexpected economic take-off to the Asian tiger economies.

Kevin was then working with US investment bank Morgan Stanley (Kevin Gardiner, 'The Irish Economy: a Celtic tiger', MS Euroletter, 31 August 1994).

"Celtic Tiger" as a metaphor for the Irish economic boom is very widely used, both in Ireland and internationally. Economic historians will continue to find it a convenient term for the unique period in the history of Ireland, for many decades to come.

Current Irish Economic Situation - quarterly report on the Irish economy
Report on the European Economy 2007: Irish Economy at risk of significant reversal - Risk of a hard landing illustrated by the experience of the Netherlands
Comment: The Irish Economy and the Inconvenient Truth
Goodbody says Irish tax revenues have trebled since 1995; Property-related taxes in Ireland now account for at least 17% of total revenues - up from 4% ten years ago
AIB Bank says Annual Irish Inflation approaching 10% on non-discretionary consumer expenditure
Irish Enterprise Statistics at a Glance 2007 Report: More than 550 Irish companies invested €100,000 or more in R&D in 2006

Government launches €184 billion National Development Plan - Main Points and Analysis
National Development Plan 2007/2013 ESRI's Ex-ante Evaluation: Exceptional demand for Irish property is squeezing out the export sector through its adverse effects on competitiveness
Irish Economy: Medium-Term Review: 2005-2012 - ESRI says aura of invincibility is coupled with considerable risks: The ESRI (Economic and Social Research Institute) published its latest Medium-Term Review of the Irish economy on December 16, 2005. This Review is published every second year, providing a comprehensive analysis of the prospects for the Irish economy over a seven-year time horizon.
Irish Economy 2006, Future of the Celtic Tiger and Property Boom: Putting a brass knocker on a barn door! 
Aug 2006: IMF says Irish economic growth has become increasingly unbalanced in recent years with heavy reliance on building investment, sharp increases in house prices, and rapid credit growth
Comment: The free lunch has yet to be invented - the tipping point for the Irish economy
Irish house prices up 270% since 1996 rising at average of 14.9% for each of the last ten years; Construction sector may shed over 100,000 jobs by 2016
Irish manufacturing output increased 28% since 2000 and employment contracted 13%; Ireland now world’s 13th largest exporter of services

Ireland's Celtic Tiger 2005: Built to last or on a foundation of quicksand? - Despite the apparent golden scenario, there is a very evident sense that Ireland is currently operating in two parallel universes.
Budget 2006 - Presented in December 2005: Economic reports on Ireland's economic performance..
Key Irish Economic Indicators - from the Irish Central Statistics Office
Key Indicators for Ireland 2005 and International Comparisons - Published June 2006: Shows the progress made in Ireland in important economic, social and environmental areas. As well as showing developments over time, the report benchmarks Ireland against the other EU Member States.
EU and Eurozone Inflation - including Irish inflation and other EU member countries
Irish Economic Boom- Facts, Causes
Ireland is Top Global Location for US Multinationals' Profits - Ireland is the world's most profitable country for US corporations, according to analysis by US tax journal Tax Notes. In a study by the journal's Martin Sullivan, it was found that profits made by US companies in Ireland doubled between 1999 and 2002 from $13.4 billion to $26.8 billion, while profits in most of the rest of Europe fell. In his analysis Sullivan termed Ireland a 'semi-tax haven' for US firms, because firms are involved in real productivity in contrast with locations such as Bermuda.
Why Ireland Boomed - The great economic success story of the past ten years has been the Republic of Ireland. At the end of the year 2000, Ireland could look back on fourteen years of uninterrupted economic growth, which had accelerated to nearly 10 percent annually in the closing years of the 1990s. 

Impressive paper by Professor James B. Burnham, Murrin Professor of Global Competitiveness,  Donahue Graduate School of Business, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

EU25 Foreign Direct Investment 2005; Ireland has disinvestment of €20bn, UK biggest FDI player
Foreign Direct Investment into OECD countries jumps 27% in 2005; Profit repatriation puts Ireland's FDI in red
AIB report says almost 160,000 non-nationals in employment in Ireland - 8% of workforce; Magnitude of inflows may slow; Many buying property
OECD Economic Survey of Ireland 2006: Too many sectors where producers are shielded from competition
Irish National Debt fell to 28.6% of GNP in 2005; National Pension Reserve Fund earned return of 19.2% - value of fund at €15.3 billion
Irish Economy March 2006: Two reports offer contrasts in caution and cheer: NCB Stockbrokers' report called 2020 Vision - says the population of the Republic will grow by 30% to over 5.3 million by 2020
Globalisation and the Irish Economy: Ireland extremely vulnerable to a global slowdown in either the high-tech or financial services sectors - March 2006 paper by Trinity College economists

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