Establishing a Thriving Entrepreneurial Spirit in Government
Appendix 1: The Irish Celtic Tiger
Ireland, also referred to as the Emerald Isle or the Land of Saints and Scholars, is a small well-developed trade-dependent country, which is ranked high worldwide for its press and economic freedoms. Ireland is a member of the EU, the OECD, the WTO and the UN with a population of approximately 6.2 million people. Around 4.5 million people live in the Republic of Ireland and 1.8 million people live in Northern Ireland. Its location and the other EU countries are indicated in Figure A1.1. Ireland is famous for its contribution to the world of literature and the arts; for its traditional style of Irish music and dance; its unique sense of humor, style of theatre and modern rock music. Ireland is also well known for its lush green land, its food, its excellent educational system, political freedom and democracy. More recently, Ireland has become famous for its legendary so-called ‘economic miracle’ the ‘Celtic Tiger’. At the height of the Celtic Tiger, the Irish people were showered with wealth and affluence for over a 10-year period as the economy grew by 5 to 6 percent annually.
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