THIS BOOK could not have been written without the co-operation of a number of individuals and institutions. I am particularly grateful to those who afforded me access to records that were not in public achives; the Department of Industry and Commerce, where Roddy Mulloy and Terry Lonergan provided invaluable assistance; the Department of Finance, where Colm Gallagher and Greg O Duill eased the research burden considerably; Liam Connellan and the staff of the Confederation of Irish Industry. I also wish to thank the staff at the National Archives, especially Anne Neary; Kerry Holland, Seamus Helferty, and everyone in the Archives Department of University College Dublin; Mary Clarke in the Dublin Corporation Archives; and the staff of the Manuscript Room in the National Library. Esther Semple and Tony Eklof of the Official Publications Section in the library of University College Dublin deserve my special thanks.
Dr. Jeremiah Dempsey told me about the early years of Irish Tanners; Conor, Lawrence, and Niall Crowley provided background material on their remarkable father, Vincent Crowley; Tom Barrington and his daughter Anne filled in details on their father and grandfather, J. Barrington, one of the most talented of Ireland’s early public servants. Frank Casey, managing director of the Industrial Credit Company, provided printed and oral material on that organization.
This manuscript was completely rewritten while I was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard’s Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies—an environment that gave me a much broader perspective on the modern Irish economy and brought me into contact with many people asking similar questions about different countries. I am profoundly grateful to CES for giving me two years’ hospitality, most especially to Stanley Hoffman, Guido Goldman, and the indispensable Abbie Collins. Olwen Hufton proved a true friend throughout my time there, and Louise Richardson was a kindred Irish spirit. I also wish to thank Jim Cronin, Ronan Fanning, Peter Hall, David Jacobsen, Kieran Kennedy, Patrick Lynch, Dermot McAleese, Cormac O’Grada, Kevin O’Neill, and Kevin O’Rourke. My children, Paul, Elizabeth, Nicholas, and Alice, provided constant interruptions (four during the course of writing this acknowledgement) but help me to keep my sense of priorities. My greatest debt is to P.J. whose unrivaled knowledge of contemporary Irish industrial development has been a major influence on this book.
Monktown, County Dublin Mary E. Daly