5 Cities - 8 Principles - A Shared Voice
5 City Regions of Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Waterford are Ireland’s engines for sustainable economic growth and have been identified as such by Government planning in the National Planning Framework (NPF), Ireland 2040. The Chambers of Commerce in the 5 city regions have come together in recognition that the nation’s urban centres share similar challenges and aspirations.
In one voice, the 5 cities have identified a set of 8 areas of focus spanning infrastructure, housing, and planning to inform policy making, maximise growth, and tackle the common issues and opportunities in our urban areas. An overview of the 8 principles is provided below. Download the City Regions Ireland booklet to view the full agenda in more detail.
The 8 Principles
Plan for Core Density & Reduce Urban Sprawl
Improving core density and reducing urban sprawl is an imperative for the goal of an economically and socially vibrant city centre. Currently, urban sprawl is an issue for Ireland’s cities and a concerted effort is needed for its prevention.
Increase Housing Supply
Housing is an issue across all 5 cities, for Waterford, Galway, Limerick, Cork and Dublin. Rent and house prices have become unaffordable for many. Reports show that rents have increased by 87% in Dublin and 68% in the other cities since the economic crash.
Support International Connectivity through our Ports & Airports
As an island, Ireland has natural resources that serve as an opportunity for economic development. Our cities’ ports and airports are a prime example for facilitating trade, tourism and industry.
Develop Transport Infrastructure to Connect our Cities
Investing in inter-city transport links will foster greater economic collaboration between Ireland’s cities, as well as greater links for tourism. Currently, both road and rail intercity connections are in need of significant investment.
Invest in Public Transport
The improvement of public transport links is essential for our cities to be internationally competitive and to attract talent and innovation in a global market. Public transport systems need modernisation, with the goal to improve or introduce an electric offering across the 5 cities.
Create Destinations of Higher Education
Each of our cities needs to be home to the best in third level education that the country can offer. For our cities to thrive, be innovative, forward thinking and vibrant we must ensure their institutions of higher education are of the best standards.
Rejuvenate our City Centres
City centres need to be vibrant, economically, culturally and socially. City centres need a mix of retail, office, residential, green spaces and public realm and to be well connected through a public transport system. They need to be attractive, safe and vibrant, by day and by night.
Manage Waste & Water
For our cities to be sustainable we need to manage water and waste. Our city regions are defined by their links to both waterways and ocean and it is essential that we enhance and protect our natural environment and reinforce our infrastructure, creating better places to live, work and play.