Ireland needs bigger regional cities, says ESRI

Think-tank's research says current trends will lead to increasing housing demand and more long-distance commuting

24th January, 2018
ESRI calls for more investment in cities like Cork. Pic: Getty

The ESRI report, by associate research professor Edgar Morgenroth, urges the framework to aim for a “modest rebalancing” of growth between the East and Midland regions and the rest of the country, with the focus on growth in a small number of regional cities.

It favours focusing on cities, rather than a broader spread of growth across the country, as research has shown that larger urban centres provide benefits of scale which smaller...

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