SWORDS has been named as Ireland's third best town in a nationwide initiative aimed at reinvigorating towns and cities across the country.
Conducted by Retail Excellence Ireland (REI), the country's largest retail industry body, the survey comprised 16,000 citizen and business owners interviews in 100 towns and cities throughout Ireland The survey was part of an initiative by REI launched in July this year to encourage all stakeholders to work together to form a ' Town Team', design and implement a town plan which would reinvigorate towns and cities, and in-turn reengage with citizens and customers alike.
Malahide was placed eighth in the survey, while Skerries followed closely behind in ninth. Donabate was placed in the second quartile, while Balbriggan was placed in the bottom quartile. David Fitzsimons, Chief Executive Officer, REI said: ' I welcome the results of this survey and thank the many thousands of citizens and stakeholders who took the time to give us valuable feedback.
The results of this survey represent the start of something big for towns and cities across Ireland. REI is committed to ensuring that towns and cities take pride of place in every community across Ireland.' Cormac Kennedy, Chairman REI Town and City Revival Committee, said ' It is critically important that the report and the survey results are used to help improve our towns and cities. This should act as a road map for towns and cities to help them focus on areas that they can improve on.
'As retailers, we need to invest into our shops, and as customers, we need to visit our local towns and cities more often and remind ourselves what great things they have to offer. We truly hope that today will be the start of partnerships developing in locations throughout the country to look at ways of improving their towns.' Following on from this survey, REI will form a National Town and City Revival Executive which will disseminate best town management practice and will actively promote such practice in all towns and cities across Ireland.