Ireland risks becoming the third of Europe's bailed out states to face political stalemate after national elections that are expected to deliver no clear winner. But as Stephanie Prentice reports, not everyone's a winner from Ireland's recent economic recovery either.
This is the tale of two Irelands... The economic divide in the EU's top growth economy- dominating the narrative of the upcoming general election. With 80% of voters in a recent poll by Red C Research bemoaning a 'two tier' recovery. Edenderry - one of many towns left out of the economic recovery - its streets emblematic of the harsh effects of years of austerity. Post offices, bank branches, community centres - you name it- it's gone. voters here now hurtling towards an election where the current prime minister is advocating more of the same. For Local shop owner Johnny Brady, more of THIS seems unbearable. SOUNDBITE (English) SUPERMARKET OWNER, JOHNNY BRADY, SAYING: "You know, he's talking about keeping the recovery going but that doesn't sound good to people that are struggling, you know. That's good to people who've picked up in this new recovery, but an awful lot of people haven't picked up." The fabric of rural communities - torn apart in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crash. Jobs went. A lot of young people went with them. While foreign investment the likes of Google and Apple are breathing new life into Irish cities. In the midlands, unemployment still at 12%, compared to an 8% national average. In an election with no front-runner, disparities like that could determine Ireland's future.