The Celtic Tiger seems to have lost its roar. After months of resistance, this past weekend Ireland agreed to accept an EU/IMF bailout of some $100 billion to help shore up its crippled banking system.
As Ireland faces one of Europe’s most punishing financial crises, the anger amongst its citizens has grown. After coping with two years of recession and major cuts, many Irish taxpayers have had enough. Some have decided to leave the country in order to find employment.
For the program Assignment, the BBC’s Ed Butler went to Ireland to meet some of the casualties of the country’s economic collapse.