“Symbols of Broken Dreams”

This slide show and photographer’s audio document the aftermath of Ireland’s housing boom. In the early 2000’s Irish developers built more housing units than Ireland’s population could fill, banking (literally) on mass home ownership by Irish ex-pats and foreign workers. Believing prices would not decline the Irish bought each other’s real estate in a hothouse of speculation–until the debt crisis tanked the market. Now thousands of housing units stand unfinished or unoccupied–“to rot,” in the words of photographer Kenneth O’Halloran.

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