Ireland in the Time of Recession

February 22nd 2012

Posted by Tomasz Szustek

The recession has a great impact on economic, political and  social life of Ireland. Unemployment, financial instability, government spending cuts, emigration are among of many issues which dominate media and private talks.

Number of demonstrations rolled across Dublin streets in recent years. A few of them turned to be quite violent. The protesters and members of Gardai (Irish police) were injured during scuffles.

 

Thousands of new build homes in the Republic remain empty (ghost estates) – nobody wants to buy them, even after price reductions. Thousands companies have gone out of business leaving their offices in city centres and units in industrial estates empty.

 

Recession took also its toll on thousands of ponies and horses which have been left to survive on their own after being abandoned by their owners who could not afford to feed them any longer.

 

 

 

1. Protest against austerity budget,
1. Protest against austerity budget,
2. Empty advertising panels
2. Empty advertising panels
3. Anti-government demonstration
3. Anti-government demonstration
4. Ghost estate
4. Ghost estate
5. Ghost estate
5. Ghost estate
6. Anti-government demonstration
6. Anti-government demonstration
7. Social housing  area
7. Social housing area
8. Lamp pole with straps left after election posters removal
8. Lamp pole with straps left after election posters removal
9. Empty office buildings
9. Empty office buildings
10. Abandoned house
10. Abandoned house
11. Protest against austerity budget
11. Protest against austerity budget
12. Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the day when he took his office
12. Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the day when he took his office
13. Protester at the anti-government demonstration
13. Protester at the anti-government demonstration
14. Violent demonstration in front of Irish Parliament
14. Violent demonstration in front of Irish Parliament
15. Garda officer confronts anti-government demonstrator
15. Garda officer confronts anti-government demonstrator
16. Gardai confronts Occupy Dame Street  movement
16. Gardai confronts Occupy Dame Street movement
17. Farmers' protest
17. Farmers' protest
18. Innocent victim of recession
18. Innocent victim of recession
19. Anti-government demonstration
19. Anti-government demonstration
20. Anti-government demonstration
20. Anti-government demonstration
21. Factory out of use
21. Factory out of use
22. Local road
22. Local road