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David McWilliams

David McWilliams is one of Ireland’s leading economic commentators. 


He was the first economist to see that the Irish boom was nothing more than a credit bubble and one of the very few to accurately predict it would all end in a monumental crash, with bank failures, negative equity and rising unemployment and emigration. He is an economist, broadcaster, bestselling author and, most recently, he has brought economics to the national theatre with his one-man-show ‘Outsiders’ — a unique partnership with the Abbey Theatre.

 

David’s first book The Pope’s Children was the bestselling Irish non-fiction book in 2006, spending 52 consecutive weeks in the top five of the bestsellers. Described by the Sunday Tribune as ‘the definitive guide to the Ireland we live in’, The Pope’s Children was the first in a trilogy; the related TV series ‘In search of the Pope’s Children’ — written and presented by David — won an IFTA in 2007.

The Pope’s Children was followed by The Generation Game, which in 2007 predicted the 2008/9 crash and the fact that one generation would be left suffering negative equity for years. It also explored the redemptive economic power of the Irish Tribe scattered around the world. This book and subsequent TV series proved to be the catalyst to the Global Irish Economic Forum at Farmleigh in 2009.

He was educated at Trinity College Dublin and the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium. Before moving into writing and broadcasting he spent ten years in banking, first as an economist with the Irish Central Bank, then with the investment banks UBS and BNP.

Follow the Money
By David McWilliams
€10.99
The Generation Game
By David McWilliams
€12.99
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