Inside the Room: The Untold Story of Ireland's Crisis Government

Inside the Room: The Untold Story of Ireland's Crisis Government

by Eamon Gilmore


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Inside the Room: The Untold Story of Ireland's Crisis Government by Eamon Gilmore

It's March 2011 and Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore have just formed a coalition government between Fine Gael and Labour. Ireland's banks are broken, unemployment is heading for half a million, the public finances are in chronic deficit, international lenders rate Ireland as 'junk' and the country is in an IMF bailout. As Tánaiste in the new Coalition, Eamon Gilmore was at the heart of every major economic decision taken during his term, and as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade was primarily responsible for restoring Ireland's international reputation and trade connections. In this political memoir of these dramatic and turbulent times, Eamon Gilmore tells his personal story of how Ireland recovered from its economic crisis and how it renegotiated the terms of the bailout. He writes frankly about the political price the Labour Party has paid for some of their choices, reflects on the circumstances that led to his own resignation and assesses the prospects for Ireland's continued recovery. This unprecedented inside story lifts the lid on the seminal moments of those years of political crisis between 2011 and 2014, the tough decisions and political battles, and compellingly, the personal impact of this critical period in recent Irish political history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785370342
Publisher: Irish Academic Press
Publication date: 01/01/2016
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Prologue The Sycamore Room 1

Chapter 1 The Calm and the Storm 5

Chapter 2 Ireland in Receivership 18

Chapter 3 Election Campaign 42

Chapter 4 Forming a National Government 70

Chapter 5 The Loneliest Day 92

Chapter 6 Project Red 103

Chapter 7 Battles Over Budgets 123

Chapter 8 Global Irish Jobs 146

Chapter 9 Saving the Euro 164

Chapter 10 The Goodest Country 190

Chapter 11 Social and Political Reform 215

Chapter 12 Hands of History 236

Chapter 13 Around the Clock 254

Chapter 14 The Last Weekends 282

Chapter 15 Reflecting on Recovery 293

Epilogue Sally Glen Road 300

Index 304

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