No, the strategy was the problem. There is no political consensus on what a feasible regional development strategy looks like.It wasn't the strategy. It was that it was a badly implemented strategy.
That would be grand, except when we use terms like "balance against Dublin" I think we're already in the wrong place.We could start by cutting down the number of local authorities to 6 or 7. That would help consolidate some of the larger settlements like Cork Limerick and Galway.We really should be aiming for a Cork population of 400,000 or so to balance against Dublin.
What we need is Cork to be a hub "against" Kerry, Limerick to be a hub "against" Clare, Waterford to be a hub "against" the rest of the South East. That's the actual conflict.