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New city: Hong Kong´s skyline, from where 15,000 residents may be set to relocate to a massive development called Nextpolis in Dundalk. Photo: Luciano Mortula

New city: Hong Kong´s skyline, from where 15,000 residents may be set to relocate to a massive development called Nextpolis in Dundalk. Photo: Luciano Mortula

New city: Hong Kong´s skyline, from where 15,000 residents may be set to relocate to a massive development called Nextpolis in Dundalk. Photo: Luciano Mortula

Plans by a Chinese billionaire to build a new city for thousands of Hong Kong residents in Ireland are moving forward as he intends to visit the country in the coming weeks.

Under the plans, up to 15,000 Hong Kongers would relocate to a newly built development called Nextpolis near Dundalk, Co Louth, over the next five years on a 50km sq site, making it the country's fifth largest city. There has been debate over whether the idea would hugely boost the local economy or be dismissed as folly and sci-fi fantasy.


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