How we organise our cities has an impact on the environment, innovation and our pockets. International cross-city comparisons of sprawl are likely to become the norm. Recent evidence from the European Commission also suggests Cork is a bad offender when it comes to spr...

This link brings you to a podcast on 'the future of Cork city' which aired this morning on the Pat Kenny show. My contribution is half way through - its edited a bit which excludes more detail I spoke about.... but the main message is people will follow jobs and in thi...

*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 de...

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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 h...

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 i...

Above is Relative affluence or disadvantage of Local Electoral Areas (LEA) in Ireland. The map may be of particular interest to Cork people. The most disadvantaged Local Electoral Area (LEA) in Ireland is Cork City North-West indicating that deprivation is both an urba...

This article first appeared on RTE Brainstorm available here

The term ‘creative’ is popular, but a fuzzy concept. Humans are the carriers of knowledge and we are inherently creative. Human capital has long been identified as a major source of economic growth. Richard Fl...

This is a simple, yet informative and effective video on the Cork city boundary, created by Cork city council. 

Important to think of our urban areas as functional urban areas with one functioning authority. Cities do not equal concrete. This needs to happen.

Howeve...

Carrigaline is a great example of the challenges the Government faces in the next few decades. The town underwent a rapid population expansion in the last 20 years. In 1996 the population was 7,827. By 2011, the population nearly doubled to 14,775.  The most recent cen...

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