Mind the gap because regions will be neglected at our peril

The IDA and Enterprise Ireland have for far too long approached industrial policy with a ‘we know best’ attitude. That must change if our regions are to thrive

28th July, 2019
Ludgate in Skibbereen, west Cork: the emergence of such digital hubs is also a signal of systems failure Pic: Emma Jervis

The regional divides on our island are stark, and they are widening. The average gross domestic product and gross value added per person in border and western counties is less than a third of that of Dublin. The gap in disposable incomes is narrower, but the average person in these counties still has a disposable income of nearly 30 per cent less than the average Dubliner.

There is growing evidence that a geography of discontent between...

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