ABSTRACT Previous Irish crises have proved to be path shaping. The paper argues many features of Irish policy responses to crisis including low taxation, user charges, privatisation, deregulation and more conditional welfare are consistent and at times intensify the liberal deregulated low tax model that characterised the pre-crisis Celtic Tiger model. It makes the case that the differential impacts on Irish citizens were significant enough in scale and impact to occasion a critical juncture and significant s…
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