Charlie McCreevy attempted in the early naughties to disperse growth to the regions with his audacious 'decentralisation' program. Many senior civil servants were aghast at this idea of forced dispersion to the sticks and the program was greatly diluted.
One of the main obstacles cited against Dublin taking advantage of a bankers flight from London is a dearth of appropriate high-end accommodation. Much of our mid level upwards state functionaries are living in Clontarf,Terenure,Stillorgan etc and if these properties became availabe would command a premium rental price which would provide for a very high maintenance lifestyle in the sticks to compensate for any inconvenience caused by leaving bloated, expensive Dublin.
An initiative such as decentralisation would greatly assist in arresting the decline that many regional centres are continuing to feel with growth c^ntered in a very narrow expanse of the state.
There's a very narrow window to act decisively to increase our advantages and win the potential rewards that other European cities are sizing up.