Our cities are not flourishing, but beginning to wilt and die

Ireland is now two countries. The first country is recognisable. You know it.

22nd July, 2006

Ireland is now two countries. The first country is recognisable. You know it. In fact, you were probably born there. It is relatively old, relatively prosperous and life moves at a reasonably easy pace. However, schools are closing down and there are few children around.

The few children that are around are cossetted types, trussed up in car seats and ferried to exclusive schools which are not within walking distance. Even if the schools were,...

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