In June 2006, ICLRD released the InterTradeIreland-funded study The Spatial Strategies on the Island of Ireland—Framework for Collaboration.
This study was the first to introduce the idea of a non-statutory framework for cooperation between the National Spatial Strategy (NSS) and the Regional Development Strategy (RDS). Since then, we have continued to shine a light on the advantages of the framework through our research, conferences and dialogue with senior policy makers. The original research team members included Jim Berry, Brendan Bartley, Alastair Adair, John Driscoll, Caroline Creamer, Neale Blair , Stanley McGreal and Francois Vigier. They are to be thanked for their efforts; as are both Departments for persisting in their own efforts to draft and publish a joint document. This study also set a benchmark for how ICLRD engages senior policy makers and practitioners on a steering committee, in this case chaired by Aidan Gough of ITI.