Opinion Columnists

Sunday 18 February 2018

Balanced regional development the wrong goal

Being fair to all regions is the wrong approach to driving the nation's economic growth, writes Conor Skehan

FAIR PLAY: Economic message for us all. Picture: Sportsfile
FAIR PLAY: Economic message for us all. Picture: Sportsfile

Conor Skehan

We are beginning to hear suggestions of breaking Dublin into more than one team for senior, inter-county football. This is happening as our soon-to-be-published National Planning Framework proposes 'fixing' Ireland - presumably with a plan to reduce the economic importance of Dublin.

The proposal to break up Dublin for football is said to be in the interests of fair play - because only 15 players out of a city of over a million ever get a chance to play at county level.

The idea is taking hold because of our insistence on fair play. Every county should be able to dream of winning the All-Ireland, every good player should be able to dream of representing their county. What's the point of competing if they can't?

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