Richard Curran: Rural Ireland may face tough medicine as political battle over economic split looms
A big national conversation is set to kick off which is likely to turn into a big national row. It is a conversation that people have been having informally in the last few years about how what Ireland should look like in the years ahead.
We have all heard the debates about a two-speed recovery, the decline of rural Ireland, the fate of small towns versus the economic rejuvenation of Dublin.
The Government, under Planning Minister Simon Coveney's department, will shortly begin a formal consultation process which will inform the new National Planning Framework policy.