5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Ireland: The Celtic Tiger Reborn?

Following an extraordinary period of economic growth, by the middle of the past decade, as income per capita surpassed the EU average by 50 percent, Ireland was widely acclaimed as the Celtic Tiger. However, beginning in 2008, the Irish economy experienced a severe economic and financial collapse. This required a painful adjustment, supported by a major international rescue effort, which was completed successfully. Against this background, the panel will discuss Ireland’s outlook as it faces major challenges ahead, in achieving a sustained economic recovery while maintaining financial stability.



  • Anne Anderson

    Ambassador of Ireland to the United States
  • Donal Donovan

    Member, Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, and author of The Fall of the Celtic Tiger: Ireland and the Euro Debt Crisis (Oxford, 2013)
  • George Kopits

    Global Fellow
    Member, Public Finance Council, Portugal, and Visiting Professor, Central European University
  • David Lynch

    Public Policy Scholar
    Senior Writer, Bloomberg News
  • Andrew Selee

    Former Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute
    President, Migration Policy Institute