How Dublin is eating Ireland
Ireland has become a two-tier society divided between the sprawling capital and isolated rural communities.
Half of all economic activity in the State is generated in Dublin and the capital's reach now extends into 11 counties.
A stark report to be published today paints a grim picture of a divided country as rural Ireland becomes more isolated, and workers grapple with hour-long commutes.
The 'Ireland 2040' document, which will be launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Housing Minister Simon Coveney, says half the population growth in the last two decades has been largely centred on Dublin. Many built-up areas, stretching north to Cavan, south to Wexford and east to Longford, are effectively Dublin commuter towns.
Unless radical action is taken, 75pc of the projected population and new homes will be clustered around the capital by 2040. Failure to address growth in the 'Dublin City-Region' will exacerbate housing sprawl, scattered employment and car-based commuting.