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Monsters of post-Celtic Tiger Ireland

tenants’ rents over their heads and appropriating their holdings; profiteers who made their fortunes as middle men, hoarding food and grain during famine; publicans who set up shop adjacent to Public Works and Relief projects, as payment stations cum shebeens and taverns, to relieve the destitute of their relief. The gombeen man – from gambín (Ir.) interest on a loan, from Middle English cambie – exchange, barter, from Latin cambium – is a village usurer, a native Irish petty bourgeois publican, merchant ‘What rough beast’? 139 or estate agent: who, during the course

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