How to build a better Dublin - The Irish Times - Sat, Nov 10, 2012
10 ways to make Dublin better - The Irish Times - Sat, Nov 10, 2012
The IT is running a series all week on the make Dublin better. This is something that does not get the profile it deserves in Irish public life. On the contrary any improvements are lashed by the parish pumpers who think any money spent in Dublin is money lost to them. A thriving large metropolitan city (of which Dublin is our only one) ads 2-3% to GDP. The suggestions in the links above are useful and relatively cheap but could pay back 10 fold.
It will be interesting to see how this series develops and what will come out of it. Judging by Hogans slash and burn attitude to local government I think the single biggest boost, that of a directly elected Mayor, won't happen as the Kennys, Hogans and Rings of this world don't want competition for power.