The mirage of social cohesion falls apart
AS the gap between rich and poor in Irish society widened during the Celtic Tiger period, regeneration projects came into vogue as a way of tackling poverty black spots.
The regeneration approach was particularly suited to the Celtic Tiger era because it focused on constructing new buildings. For a political elite with close ties to the construction industry and a banking system awash with cheap cash, regeneration offered a way to channel public money into construction under the umbrella of social justice.
The Dublin Docklands project, arguably the most successful regeneration venture, was followed by projects in Ballymun and Limerick city.