August 23, 2017

Ed Glaeser, Richard Florida, Terry Clark, and Jane Jacobs (prominent urban theorists) argued that cities are intellectual breeding grounds for new ideas and innovations. They were not alone – it is now a stylised fact in the discipline that cities are significant drive...

The OPW (Offfice of Public Works) has recently agreed to re-examine the cost of building a tidal barrage as it finalises the design of Cork’s €140m flood defence scheme. Originally, the OPW dismissed the tidal barrier on the River Lee for cost reasons. Over the past si...

Various Irish media outlets reported that the quarter final hurling matches recently held in Pairc Ui Chaoimh will generate a cash injection for the local economy of 25 million (12.5 million per event).  Economic impact analysis is generally done by estimating attendan...

July 19, 2017

Teagasc published a report in 2014 that ranked towns in Ireland on their economic strength using an index based on unemployment rates and inward migration figures. Carrigaline was identified as one of the worst performing towns in the Cork area. 31 other towns in Cork...

June 28, 2017

The outcome of a Government commissioned report of the Expert Advisory Group on Local Government Arrangements in Cork was launched by Simon Coveney TD at the Clayton Hotel Silversprings, Cork last Friday. The main outcome of the report is that the two local authorities...

June 7, 2017

In recent days, the international media has had significant interest in the appointment of Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach of Ireland. In reality, in Ireland, the ethnic background or sexual orientation of Leo Varadkar was never of any real significance in the decision of Fi...

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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