by Cal Thomas
Posted 4/21/16, 10:58 am
DUBLIN—They called it the “Celtic Tiger,” a period of prosperity between 1995 and 2008, during which everything in Ireland appeared to come up shamrocks.
According to Wikipedia, between 1995 and 2000, the long-dormant Irish economy took off, expanding by a startling 9.4 percent. There was a building boom; roads were widened to accommodate more traffic; newly confident people started buying things they had long denied themselves, including bigger and nicer houses, which, it turns out, many could not afford.