Economic development in urban Ireland has created a massive construction boom.
|Making room for new companies and housing has created a property shortage in urban areas, thus increasing property values.|
|New hotels, condos, businesses, and homes can be seen on just about every street in Dublin.|
|Many new industries have popped up in Dublin including; high tech, financial services, and legal services.|
|These new industries have created a large segment of high paying white collar jobs.|
|The new affluent, or "yuppie" class is purchasing new homes and condos in revitalized urban areas that were once low income communities.|
These new urban dwellings are owned predominately by single young professionals.
|More traditional style homes are being remolded by the new white collar community.|
|Even Georgian style homes have been upgraded to fit the new life styles.|
|"Despite the strong growth in the Irish economy in recent years there is little evidence of the benefits of that growth percolating through to benefit the less well-off in Ireland".|
|The poor planning of urban Ireland has created a situation that is excluding and segregating the Irish middle to low income groups.|
|Ballymun housing development was built during the 1960s. Built away from jobs and public services, the inhabitants became socially excluded from opportunities.|
|The housing development lacked any aesthetic appeal and bred an attitude of apathy for those living there. Vandalism and drugs were just some of the added problems to the area.|
|Due to the lack access to shops, little "mini-mini-marts" were built out of cargo containers and distributed throughout the development.|
|An attempt at beautification.|
|Ireland's government officials have been slow to gain a grasp on the issue of tax dodgers.|