DebateIs it Dublin versus the rest of the country?

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Is Dublin favoured over the rest of Ireland when it comes to issues such as investment and employment?  Conor Skehan believes this is not the case.  The lecturer from DIT’s School of Spacial Planning joined Sean O’Rourke on the Today programme to explain his position.

“Dublin now is a region, a city region. It takes in most of North Kildare, South Meath, down as far as Carlow, Louth.  It contains the majority of Ireland’s population.  It contains 55% at this stage.  So when someone brings out a shock horror story saying that the Dublin region got ‘the most of this or the most of that’, it’s because that’s where the most of the people live.”

However Independent TD for Kerry Michael Healy Rae feels differently on the matter.

“Any jobs that have been created over the last few years.  The only [place] you hear of jobs is Dublin. Yes, maybe a share in Limerick and a share in Cork, but what we’re getting in the regions is very minuscule and small indeed…”

Listen to the full debate by clicking play above, or for more from Today with Sean O’Rourke, click here.

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