The great divide: Dublin’s north-south zoning conundrum

Differences in local authority approaches to the zoning of lands outside the M50 may be driving the lopsided development of indigenous industry

Greenogue Business Park in south Dublin. Occupiers such as Zeus Packaging, United Drug and, more recently, Amazon have large footprints in Greenogue Business Park and Baldonnell

The M50 Dublin orbital route and its motorway arteries opened accessibility to landbanks which have facilitated the last three decades of industrial expansion and development.

Traditional older industrial estates inside the M50 were developed during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Examples include Ballymount Industrial Estate, Naas Road on the capital’s southside and Coolock, Glasnevin/Finglas on the northside. The north and south Dublin industrial landscape still prevails outside the M50, the division cemented by the M50 ...