Conor O'CleryJuly 24, 2009 06:53Updated May 30, 2010 13:03
DUBLIN — The Celtic Tiger is dead. Now its cubs are facing death by a thousand cuts, or "snips," to use the colloquial lexicon of post-boom Ireland.
Faced with a budget deficit of $8.5 billion this year, the government set up a board to establish where sweeping public spending cuts could be made. Known colloquially as An Bord Snip ("an bord" is Irish for "the board") it has, after months of deliberation, identified where the scissors should be wielded.