October 15, 2014

NIRSA/ESPON Conference: “Creating the Regions of Tomorrow: Maximising Ireland’s Reform Opportunity”

A joint NIRSA/ESPON conference on reform of regional development policy took place on Friday, 26th September 2014, with delegates from CCBS in attendance.

From the event website:

“The economic crisis and fiscal austerity have hit regional Ireland, outside of the major urban centres, particularly hard. Unemployment and out-migration have all increased, re-exposing the historic disparities which were temporarily masked by the construction bubble. The geography of the nascent economic recovery is further revealing an increasingly ‘two-speed’ Ireland with new employment and investment ever more concentrated in the larger cities competing at a global scale.

While much of the focus has been on prioritising national economic recovery, comparatively little attention has been paid to the uneven spatial and regional dimensions of the crisis. EU Cohesion Funding for 2014-2020, which is worth €1.2 billion to Ireland, together with the government’s ambitious proposals for local government and planning reform represent an important opportunity for Ireland to implement meaningful policies and to frame new governance institutions to counteract unbalanced development and promote regional recovery.

This one-day conference aims to take stock of these developments and will have a specific focus on the spatial aspects of policy implementation, particularly the proposed review of the National Spatial Strategy and the new Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies which are to be developed as integrated cross-sectoral policy vehicles for economic development, investment and job creation.

The programme of speakers comprises national and international speakers and will bring together policy actors who will have a key role in shaping Irish regional policy in the years ahead.”

Presentations given at this event can be found here