Figures are correct as of May 8th, 2013, according to information gathered from the Companies Registration Office website through Duedil. “Live” indicates trading companies but includes figures for companies that are non-trading but not yet dissolved. Satellite images: Bing Maps, Google Maps. Graphic: John Cassidy/Irish Times Premedia

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