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Who Really Runs Ireland?: The story of the elite who led Ireland from bust to boom ... and back again

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Ireland (6 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844881679
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844881673
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 658,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

In over twenty years as a reporter (Business & Finance, Sunday Business Post, Irish Independent) and editor (Sunday Tribune), and now as a radio presenter (Today FM) and newspaper opinion columnist (Sunday Times, Irish Examiner), Matt Cooper has enjoyed proximity and access to the most significant people in Irish politics and business, hearing from them and hearing about them from a variety of sources. His depth of experience means he is in an unrivalled position to assess and interpret the actions of the powerful and their implications for us all.


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The title of Matt Cooper's book Who Really Runs Ireland? is a bit of a misnomer. The title suggests that there's actually someone in charge: making decisions about where the country is heading, co-ordinating a strategic development for the good of all its citizens, and making sure things don't stray far from the chosen path. All that good stuff guff. The truth is very different, and far scarier: there's no one in charge. At all. Cooper traces everything back with short sharp anecdotal chapters, his easy style doling out facts and figures in a way that's readable without being in the least bit stuffy. In parts the book is funny, unbelievable, depressing, and revealing. That said, there's very little that's new in the book, but what it does extremely well is take 20 years of ineptitude, scandal and greed and present it all in a tidy wee package of thrills, spills and farcical cock-ups. Ultimately though it's all a bit sad because those who are supposed to have power, those who canvas for it and cherish it, have made it into something limp, lifeless and lacklustre - all that power without responsibility is nothing more than the craven indulgence of dishonorable cronies.
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An excellent book, very well written and keeps the interest right to the end. Essential reading for anyone who has wondered how the gap between the rich and poor has widened so much in Ireland over the last 20 years, and how the millionaire developers avoided paying taxes.
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I moved from Ireland to the UK in the 90's. I generally try to keep up with the Irish news, but am not always successful! Thus, I found this book a great summary of what happened during the 'Celtic Tiger' years and subsequent not so good years. The book is well written and very well researched, although possibly a bit dry at times. It's essential reading for anyone who wants to know how we got to where were are back home. And unfortunately, in many ways, its a bit depressing - not because of the author, but because of the facts he presents and the level of corruption that is often present in Ireland.
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This is a good analysis of the roots of Ireland's economic problems from one of the country's more experienced business journalists. Cooper is very good at explaining what happened and why. He is much stronger on business and banks than on the public sector (where he is critical but less clear headed). He never quite fulfills his own title or examines how power works in Ireland but this is essential reading, along with Fintan O'Toole and Shane Ross, for anyone seeking to explain the demise of the Celtic Tiger.
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