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Chronic Under-investment in Regional Infrastructure Placing Economic Growth at Risk

Chronic Under-investment in Regional Infrastructure Placing Economic Growth at Risk
March 08
09:22 2019

Over 300 delegates attended the recent Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute’s (PMI) sold-out annual national conference in Cork. The conference, with headline sponsor EY, heard that strategic project management of regional infrastructure is vital to ensure stabilisation and future growth of the Irish economy.

Speaking at the conference, which was held for the first time outside of Dublin, President of the Ireland Chapter of PMI, Pat Lucey said: “As the national body of project managers in Ireland, it was important for the Chapter to move outside of the capital for its national conference — decentralisation delivers advantages across all sectors; from government departments to multi-nationals. Chronic under-investment in regional infrastructure is placing our economy, and future projects, at risk. There is huge opportunity for economic growth in Ireland over the next 20 years. However, over-reliance on the Dublin region is jeopardising this growth as it struggles to meet demand.”

Pat Lucey stated that while Ireland should be the default location for companies seeking to relocate from the UK into an EU country, a disproportionate focus placed on Dublin is reducing Ireland’s competitiveness. “With the capital feeling the worst effects of the housing crisis — rents there are 8.8% higher than just a year ago — this is negatively impacting desired international investment. Joined-up thinking — or ‘good project management’ — is required to ensure the regional investment promises made in Project Ireland 2040 are actioned to make each of our regional cities a viable option for business,” he said.

Incentives for regionalisation highlighted at the conference include the long-awaited rural broadband network, and high-speed road and rail links between all Irish major cities, including Cork, Limerick, Galway and Dublin.

Themed From Idea to Reality, the sold-out conference at Fota Island Resort is examined how large-scale international projects can be facilitated in Ireland. The conference also showcased how effective project management principles can successfully bring projects of all sizes from conception to completion.

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Pictured (left to right) were: Jim Snyder, guest speaker and PMI co-founder; Clodagh Geary, 2019 Conference Project Manager; and Pat Lucey, President of the Ireland Chapter of PMI; at the Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute’s (PMI) annual national conference.

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