In 2013 Ireland began to show tentative signs of recovery from the worst economic disaster in its history. We are, according to the conventional narrative, in recovery. We have left the bailout and regained our economic sovereignity, house prices showed an increase for the first time in a long time and towards the end of 2013 unemployment began to drop. However this recovery is centred on Dublin, the capital city and other big cities like Cork.
Outside of the greater Dublin area, Ireland is still stuck in the economic doldrums with empty retail space, ghost estates and continued emigration. This series of images is based on Central Statistics Office figures. Ireland has become a country where wealth and investment is increasingly drawn toward the centre and away from the periphery which is being left behind.