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Cork can be Ireland’s Manchester

Thursday, 23rd November, 2017 9:16am

Cork Chamber has called on the Government to invest in Cork to ensure it acts as the driver of a thriving southern region, like Manchester is in the UK.

On Tuesday night, Cork Chamber held its seventh annual Dublin dinner in association with EY. The dinner was attended by more than 600 people.

In his presidential address, Chamber President Bill O’Connell spoke about the development of Ireland to 2040. “In Cork, Ireland has a strong second city region, and the position of Cork as the driver of a thriving southern region must be recognised in the content and substance of both Ireland 2040 and the National Investment Plan.”

The initial Government 2040 paper set out how it is in Ireland’s national interest to promote growth outside of Dublin.

“Against this objective, Cork Chamber does not consider the draft growth targets for cities other than Dublin to be ambitious enough. With current proposed figures, existing economic imbalance across Ireland will perpetuate, which has a real risk of threatening the attractiveness of our country for future investment and jobs growth,” he said.

Looking at the potential of Ireland’s second city region for future population growth, he added: “Ireland’s city regions, and particularly Cork as Ireland’s second city, have a role to play in ensuring that they complement, reinforce and invigorate our capital city for all our benefit. Cork embodies the Taoiseach’s and Government’s vision of a republic of opportunity, with Cork identified as having the greatest potential for growth relative to its current size compared with any other part of Ireland. Our vision for the future of Cork focuses on reaching a population of 850,000 people and creating another 120,000 jobs by 2050. We believe that Cork and the southern region are to Ireland what Manchester and the northern powerhouse are to the UK," he said calling for investment in high speed rail.

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