Taoiseach Leo Varadkar launching Project Ireland 2040; the National Planning Framework and the 10 year National Development Plan at Sligo Institute of Technology. Photograph:  Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The National Planning Framework (NPF) aims for a more balanced regional development and seeks to address rural decline by selecting regional cities as(...)

‘It is more often the legal process that holds things up, as we saw with the Apple Data Centre in Galway’

Major developments take major planning. This month sees the closing off of public consultations for Ireland’s biggest planning endeavour yet, the new (...)

Minister for Community and Rural Michael Ring TD with Northern and Western Regional Assembly Director David Minton and Joann Hosey, director Bank of Ireland Connacht and Ulster.Western Region Named EU Entrepreneurial Region 2018 at Leeson Centre, Westport, Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus

Ireland’s northern and western areas are to be designated the EU’s European Entrepreneurial Region 2018 for achievements in reversing a bleak economic(...)

 Gerry Finn director of the soon-to-be defunct Border, Midland and Western Regional Assembly. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The inclusion of Dublin into a new Midland and Eastern Regional Assembly will require a “balancing act” to avoid fears of favouritism over other coun(...)