This is an account of Ireland in the twenty first century and the remarkable economic and social transformations that have occurred since the late 1980s.
The 'Celtic Tiger' phenomenon made Ireland the focus of much attention in recent years. Other countries have openly declared that they want to follow the Irish economic and social model. Yet there is no book that gives a comprehensive, spatially informed analysis of the Irish experience.
This book fills that gap. Divided into four parts - planning and development, the economy, the political landscape, and population and social issues - the book explains a particular aspect of Ireland and Irish life. The authors reveal how the transformations that have occurred are uneven and unequal in their effects across the country and highlight the challenges now facing Irish society and policy-makers.
Brendan Bartley is the project leader for International Centre for Local and Regional Development at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He is the editor of Understanding Contemporary Ireland (Pluto, 2006). Rob Kitchin is Director of the National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He is the co-editor of Understanding Contemporary Ireland (Pluto, 2006).
About the Contributors Acknowledgements 1. Ireland in the Twenty First Century by Rob Kitchin and Brendan Bartley Part One: Planning and Development Section introduction 2. Planning in Ireland by Brendan Bartley 3. Regional development: trends, policies and strategies by James A. Walsh 4. Recent development of the Irish urban systems by Des McCafferty 5. Urban property development by Andrew MacLaran and Sinead Kelly 6. Rural development - retrospect and prospect by John McDonagh 7. Transport by James Killen 8. Strategic spatial planning in Northern Ireland by Michael Murray and Brendan Murtagh Part Two: Economy Section introduction 9.The manufacturing sector by Chris Van Egeraat and Proinnsias Breathnach 10. The services sector by Proinnsias Breathnach 11. Agriculture in transition by James A. Walsh 12. Tourism and heritage by Catherine Kelly Part Three: Political landscape Section introduction 13. Political landscape of the Republic of Ireland by Adrian Kavanagh 14. Transformations in governance by Joe Larragy and Brendan Bartley 15. Green Ireland? The governance of waste by Honor Fagan and Michael Murray 16. The meaning of Northern Ireland by Brian Graham Part Four: Population and social issues Section introduction 17. Immigration: Labour migrants and asylum seekers and refugees by Piaras MacEinri 18. Transformations in housing by Mary Corcoran, Patrick Duffy and Karen Keaveney 19. Deprivation and its spatial articulation by Trutz Haase 20. Health and disease by Frank Houghton and Dennis Pringle 21. 'For the way we live today': consumption, lifestyle and place in Ireland by Denis Linehan Conclusion 22. Ireland now and in the future by Rob Kitchin and Brendan Bartley Notes References Index