Monday 24 July 2017

Richard Curran: Rural Ireland may face tough medicine as political battle over economic split looms

Athlone was chosen as one of the new ‘gateway’ towns under the old spatial strategy, but what does the future hold for rural Ireland
Athlone was chosen as one of the new ‘gateway’ towns under the old spatial strategy, but what does the future hold for rural Ireland
Richard Curran

Richard Curran

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.

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