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‘Zombie’ Hotels Arise in Ireland as Recession Empties Rooms

The Glashaus hotel used to be a symbol of the regeneration of one of Dublin’s toughest neighborhoods. Empty and shuttered, it now represents one of the toughest economies Ireland has ever endured.

Developer Liam Carroll opened the boutique hotel in Tallaght in the west of the city three years ago at the height of the country’s decade-long real estate boom. Now, creditors have taken control of much of Carroll’s empire and the Glashaus is closed, as is the nearby 186-room Tallaght Cross Hotel.