Dublin’s dominance of State ‘near unique’ in western world

Capital ‘as big in terms of size and population as next 40 towns and cities combined’

Speaking of Dublin’s dominance, Government planning adviser Paul Hogan said: “Outside of city states like Singapore I think this is possibly unique.” File photograph: Frank Miller

Speaking of Dublin’s dominance, Government planning adviser Paul Hogan said: “Outside of city states like Singapore I think this is possibly unique.” File photograph: Frank Miller

Dublin’s influence is so “dominant” that it may be unique in the western world, a senior Government planner has said.

Addressing a conference at NUI Galway on growing regional disparities, Department of Housing and Planning’s senior planning adviser Paul Hogan said that the capital has 40 per cent of the State’s population, and its output represents half of gross domestic product.

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