Interesting couple of articles today on Dun Laoghaire and why it cannot seem to attract enough people to the town despite apparent natural advantages. Why does it feel more like a small town in the midlands than one of the largest town centres of the capital?
A lengthy one from Jennifer O’Connell in the Irish Times
Dun Laoghaire’s continuing failure to reinvent itself
…Some of the issues faced here are not dissimilar from those facing other Irish towns and villages: a struggling retail environment; competition from online and out-of-town shopping; frustration over parking and rates; and a lack of consensus on any kind of strategy.
There is no shortage of vision for what could be done, but little agreement locally on what should be done.
If Dún Laoghaire can’t thrive in a period of economic recovery, the feeling seems to be, what hope is there for everywhere else? What chance have towns less blessed with abundant natural amenities, an affluent population, proximity to the capital, a large harbour and the sea?..
and a subscriber only one from David McWilliams that will probably go on his website next week. Dun Laoghaire typifies ireland’s poor use of land
From DLR Council research, it doesn’t appear to be a matter of available money in the area
So it seems that people do not want to spend their money in Dun Laoghaire
I wonder how much demographics has to play as Dun Laoghaire and its closest villages in Glasthule, Dalkey, Monkstown, Blackrock are all aging.
It’s a real pity as it should be something for all 200,000 people in Dun Laoghaire borough to enjoy, rather than avoid…