The Lack Urban Planning

Contributes To Social Exclusion

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.   
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