economist Kevin Gardiner, who now works for Barclays Capital, in 1994 coined the term
comparing Ireland's unexpected economic take-off
to the Asian tiger
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.
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