Ghost Land


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The bursting of the decade long property bubble has left a swathe of unfinished houses and apartments across the country. The number of these ghosts estates is now estimated at up to 650 developments, where more than half of the houses or apartments are vacant or construction has not been completed.

  • Title
    Ghost Land
  • 1st Broadcast
  • Contributor
    Brian Walsh (Director)
    Ronan Kelly (Narrator)
  • Clip Duration
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  • Clip title
    Ghost Land
  • Extended description

    The documentary 'Ghost Land' looks at the reality of life in the aftermath of Ireland's building boom. The programme features residents who have mortgaged their future to homes in ghost estates. These families trapped by negative equity live in developments with no lighting, unfinished roads and empty buildings. How did the dreams of owning a home get lost in a 10 year frenzy of construction which has left the country with so many unwanted houses and apartments?

    In this extract Dr Chris Sparks, a lecturer in politics and sociology at the Institute of Technology Sligo, and a group of students visit an estate in north Longford. In this development only 2 out of 18 houses are lived in. The group explore the estate with its overgrown gardens and abandoned unfinished homes.

    Chris Sparks comments, "The place is full of the presence of people who were intended to come here and they just never arrived. This really is quite a spooky place."

  • Information

    'Ghost Land' formed part of 'Aftershock' a week of programmes on RTÉ which focus on Ireland after the economic crash. The series attempted to look at questions such as; how people were coping? What lessons could be learnt? How do we get from here to recovery? The extract shown here is from the programme 'Ghost Land' examining the huge number of unfinished and abandoned new housing developments. 'Ghost Land' was broadcast 9 May 2010.

  • Local keywords
    Housing, Construction, Property, NAMA, National Asset Management Agency, Chris Sparks, Institute of Technology Sligo, Longford, Ghost Estates
  • Geographical coverage
    Longford, Sligo, Ireland
  • Topic
    Society and Social Issues
  • Publisher Broadcaster
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
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  • Country of production
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  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Aspect ratio
    16:9 (widescreen)
  • Language used
    English (eng)