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Project Ireland 2040 will not transform how you live your life in the Harbour Area

*This was published in the Carrigdhoun Edition 24-02-2018 here To be fair, Cork is to the forefront of Ireland’s project 2040 document which outlines the spatial planning vision of national government through the National Planning Framework (NPF) and the key capital developments of that vision in the National Development Plan (NDP). Cork is mentioned a total of 73 times in the NDP 109 page document. In comparison, Dublin was mentioned 126 times, Limerick 43, Waterford 21, Kerry 13, Clare 3 and Tipperary twice. The plan outlines that we are getting new roads including the Cork to Limerick motorway, a new BusConnects rapid transit system, development at the Port, University College Cork (UCC),

Let's not repeat the mistakes of the past

Data Source From 1971 to 2016, over 100,000 houses were completed in County Cork and less than 30,000 were completed in Cork city. We stopped people from having the opportunity to but close to the city by restrictive land policies (greenbelts). For half a century, we have been building houses where people do not want or need them, and in locations that are further from people’s places of work. We have constrained the supply of development land around our cities in favour of development towards more unsustainable locations in more rural commuting towns. Data source We need to change the model and the above statistics between Cork County Council and Cork City Council is signalling we are not l

Local Government in Cork

There is no sound to this slide video.This presentation took place at the CLRG Third Annual Public Lecture and was based on an RTÉ Brainstorm publication on 'How Local Government Failed Cork', available here The Struggle for the City: The Local Government in Cork In all countries, where we live has a big say in the quality of our well-being. The quality of employment opportunities, access to education, levels of pollution and congestion, homelessness, deprivation, segregation, gentrification, access to public transport, playgrounds, housing quality, and many other factors differ from one community to the next. Of course, quality of life depends on individual characteristics, but also on pla

Call for Massive Investment in Ringaskiddy

Here is a link to the Irish Examiner article which included reference to some my views. Or as Below By Pádraig Hoare Balanced development cannot be achieved and trying to achieve it would be counter-productive for national prosperity, an expert on regional economics has said. Economics lecturer at University College Cork (UCC), Frank Crowley said rather than infrastructural plans attempting to redress regional imbalance, it would be more prudent to enhance Dublin and the regions simultaneously. He was speaking as an engineering body called for investment into a motorway linking Galway and Cork, and Ringaskiddy as a port in Cork to counterbalance Dublin Port’s dominance. The Government will u

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