March 2011: Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore have just formed a coalition government between Fine Gael and Labour. Ireland’s banks are broken, unemployment is heading for half a million, the public finances are in deficit, international lenders rate Ireland as ‘junk’ and the country is in an IMF bailout.
As Tánaiste in the new Coalition, Eamon Gilmore was at the heart of every major economic decision taken during his term, and as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade was primarily responsible for restoring Ireland’s international reputation and trade connections.
In his extraordinary political memoir of these dramatic and turbulent times, Eamon Gilmore writes frankly about the political price the Labour Party has paid for some of their choices, reflects on the circumstances that led to his own resignation and assesses the prospects for Ireland’s continued recovery, including the risks which could yet blow Ireland’s economy off course.
Table of Contents
PROLOGUE – THE SYCAMORE ROOM
CHAPTER 1 – THE CALM AND THE STORM
CHAPTER 2 – IRELAND IN RECEIVERSHIP
CHAPTER 3 – ELECTION CAMPAIGN
CHAPTER 4 – FORMING A NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
CHAPTER 5 – THE LONELIEST DAY
CHAPTER 6 – PROJECT RED
CHAPTER 7 – BATTLES OVER BUDGETS
CHAPTER 8 – GLOBAL IRISH JOBS
CHAPTER 9 – SAVING THE EURO
CHAPTER 10 – THE GOODEST COUNTRY
CHAPTER 11 – SOCIAL AND POLITICAL REFORM
CHAPTER 12 – HANDS OF HISTORY
CHAPTER 13 – AROUND THE CLOCK
CHAPTER 14 – THE LAST WEEKENDS
CHAPTER 15 – REFLECTING ON RECOVERY
EPILOGUE – SALLY GLEN ROAD
About the Author
Eamon Gilmore is an Irish Labour Party politician. In the Government of Ireland, he held the offices of Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade from March 2011 until July 2014. He was Leader of the Labour Party from September 2007 to July 2014.