Regional cities to be focus of growth

Fr. Hank Tree

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Cities to be focus of growth under Simon Coveney plan
The new “national planning framework” will attempt to ensure that Cork, Waterford, Limerick and Galway, as well as a potential new city in the midlands, see greater population growth, more jobs and increased investment in transport links.
The proposals, to be launched by Minster for Housing, Planning and Local Government Simon Coveney next month, will attempt to direct population growth to regional cities to make them attractive investment destinations and allow the development of greater public infrastructure.
I look forward to seeing the detail behind this plan. The Minister certainly talks the talk. The commitment not to adopt a "one for everyone in the audience" approach is welcome. The fact is that development in this country is unsustainably lopsided and urban counterweights to Dublin need to be fostered quickly. And that's without getting into how Dublin should continue to develop itself.

Walking the walk is another thing and despite his best intentions I wonder if the political will exists to really force new sustainable patterns of growth to develop.
 


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Limerick city regenaration is badly needed, the city centre is dead after 6pm, everything seems to be aimed towards the suburbs, pedestrianisation of the main streets more shopping centres and family friendly restaurants to entice more people to the city centre, more appartment compleses, more student accomodations, increased bus routes,new motorway connection to cork should also be in the pipeline, a railway service to shannon airport should also be considered.
 

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These are long term strategic plans

- which do nothing to address the here & now Housing Crises we are in real time.

Classic case of kicking the can down the road......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
 

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Some regional towns like Sligo could also be brought in. There is a vacant North-West corner when it comes to urban development.
 

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What happened to hubs and gateways?
 

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In that case keep the Gorey to Rosslare line open. Let the private sector bid to reopen closed rail routes.
 

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In that case keep the Gorey to Rosslare line open. Let the private sector bid to reopen closed rail routes.
Can't see that happen. If they were profitable, they'd have been opened already.
 

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This is a token effort from Fine Gael that they care about those who live outside Dublin .

Bottom line Closedown rural Ireland vote Fine Gael !
 

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They can't because of Irish Rails monopoly.
No, the country is far too small for a UK-style carve-up. There are only a handful of lines that make any money. As always it's down to the population of the catchment areas.
 

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Article in the Independent today that it will cost €10 bn to fix our roads. 6% of our roads are in a severe state of disrepair and places like Wexford are particularly affected.

On the claim that only a few lines are making any money, I would point to the potential for bringing in more money by facilitating freight, as well as the inherent inefficiencies of semi state monopolies
 

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Coveney s efforts are laughable,the thousands of vacant units held by Vulture funds and NAMA should be punitively taxed as should the private land banks . The reason the housing market is not functioning is because these entities are not subject to taxation and are able to hold stock empty at no cost.
 

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Article in the Independent today that it will cost €10 bn to fix our roads. 6% of our roads are in a severe state of disrepair and places like Wexford are particularly affected.

On the claim that only a few lines are making any money, I would point to the potential for bringing in more money by facilitating freight, as well as the inherent inefficiencies of semi state monopolies
CIE abandoned large-scale freight quite some time ago for the very same reason - no money in rail freight, especially as the massive improvement in the road network made road way more attractive. There are only a few freight railheads left.
 
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Coveney s efforts are laughable,the thousands of vacant units held by Vulture funds and NAMA should be punitively taxed as should the private land banks . The reason the housing market is not functioning is because these entities are not subject to taxation and are able to hold stock empty at no cost.
You can't "punitively" tax earnings that don't exist. NAMA does get taxed.
 

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CIE abandoned large-scale freight quite some time ago for the very same reason - no money in rail freight, especially as the massive improvement in the road network made road way more attractive. There are only a few freight railheads left.
Iarnroid Eireann says their freight business through Waterford port is growing. Also traffic of passengers on the Ennis-Athenry line has doubled. I think there is much market to be gained by reopening derilect lines and freight services.
 

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Dublin has been allowed to grow and grow, so that by now all roads lead to it for jobs etc.

The idea that Moran (former Sec Gen of Finance) put forward for Limerick was insightful. But no one is listening.

For such a small country there are three things necessary for growth outside Dublin.

1. Connectivity. How does Shannon/Cork compare to Dublin for connection with other hubs?

2. Ease of access to Dublin (sorry but that is always going to be inevitable, it is the capital)

3. Housing, schooling, universities and healthcare.

Limerick is up there as is Cork. But does anyone really want to set up shop there. Notwithstanding the EMC etc in Cork, and other employers in Limerick.

Galway is a tourist haven.

Waterford is dead.

Kilkenny is a medieval tourist haven too.

Someone needs to think about this. Dublin is at breaking point!
 

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Iarnroid Eireann says their freight business through Waterford port is growing. Also traffic of passengers on the Ennis-Athenry line has doubled. I think there is much market to be gained by reopening derilect lines and freight services.
Railheads are the problem, they are too far from anything and that's why they largely got out of it. You still see freight trains on mainline rail but they tend to be to very specific customers.

I'd be wary of things "doubling, 100 is double 50 but not going to keep anything going.
 


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