Mel's Reviews > Who Runs Ireland?: The Story Of Erik That Led Ireland From Bust To Boom And Back

Who Runs Ireland? by Matt Cooper
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Aug 08, 2011

really liked it
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I'd probably give this 4 3/4 stars if I could. Cooper's book is both compelling and appalling. It's a terrible cliche, but it really is like watching a slow motion train wreck. />

The hubris and greed of all the main players would do a Greek tragedy proud, but in this instance thousands of people have lost their life savings and jobs, and it seems as though once again Ireland will be forced to rely on its traditional export - its own people. No one in politics, banking or the supposed industry 'regulators' come out of this well The general eagerness to particpiate in a property bubble meant that all the usual checks and balances - rubbery at the best of times in Ireland - were disregarded in the rush to get rich. />

As a journo, Cooper does a good job of explaining some very complicated financial transactison which were menat to be opaque. Pehaps the only issues is remembering just who is who in this mire - although that's not really Cooper's fault given the cast of rogues - and the occasional tendency to introduce an acronym without a proper explanation.

All in all an excellent if depressing book

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