Ireland had existed as a predominantly agriculture based economy. However, since the 1960s there has been a perceived need to diversify, with successive governments attempting to introduce measures facilitating the development of a more modern urban industrial society. Industrial policy was gradually reformed as government intervention in industrial development and job creation became necessary. Attention turned towards the development of high technology industries and the service sector, to which the larger urban areas were particularly suited. The urban development pattern has proven that the creation of further jobs can achieve diversity in the physical development of Irish cities. The chapter demonstrates new trends in city centre apartment; townhouse and mews living have emerged. One of the primary drivers of such changes has been the availability of increased job opportunities in the service sector, generally located at the core of the five major urban areas.