The Celtic Tiger went from boom to bust with breathtaking speed. In the wake of four austerity budgets -- seen as the toughest in Europe -- Ireland is locked in depression with ten successive quarters of economic contraction.
Last year, when I spoke with David Kavanagh, the running joke was that the difference between Ireland and Iceland was one letter and six weeks. In 2009, the economy sank 7.1 percent. And as in the US, citizen anger has been vehement and vocal.