Former department of finance secretary general, John Moran, suggests more should be done to counter-balance Dublin’s position as the country’s main economic driver.

There was a nice piece in the Irish Examiner, penned by Peter O’Dwyer, reporting on comments by former department of finance secretary general John Moran who was speaking recently at Ireland’s Business Strategy Conference 2016 at Thomond Park.

One of his key points was an argument that the Atlantic Way Region has been making for over a decade and that is Ireland should be counter-balancing Dublin’s position as the country’s main economic driver and John Moran called on the Government to consider developing an Atlantic Economic Corridor stretching from Cork to Galway, via Limerick, as the country’s second economic hub.

He questioned, looking ahead, as to whether we want an Ireland of 8 million people with 6 to 7 million in Dublin or, alternatively, Dublin growing to 3-4 million and another metropolitan Region (Cork-Limerick-Galway) growing to 2-3 million. 

The Atlantic Way’s view is that it is time Ireland really began to take Regional Development seriously; to stop paying lip service to it and to also stop using micro examples of progress, when the macro-evidence is clearly highlighting not just imbalance, but an increasing economic imbalance within Ireland. There is a need for a 
growth absorption policy that sees Dublin continue to prosper, but the rest of Ireland becoming increasingly important in terms of economic and social development, bringing about an overall healthier national growth balance.

Here is the link to the article is the Irish Examiner below.

You can also download a copy of his full speech at:




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