Leanna Byrne: We should look to the start-up sector to rejuvenate small towns
Give small towns the tools to build sustainable businesses themselves, instead of crossing their fingers and hoping for a big multinational
Hands up who remembers decentralisation? You know, Charlie McCreevy’s big idea to move all the Dublin-based public servants outside the capital?
Decentralisation was unveiled in 2003. Fourteen years on, its legacy is that of an almighty flop. The plan, to transplant 10,300 public servants to 53 locations in 25 counties in four years, only succeeded in moving 3,159 of them, just 29 per cent of what was proposed.
Some of the plan’s most contentious details were the proposed relocation...
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