On the 27th October 2016, the International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD) together with Co-operation Ireland, held a half-day conference on the theme of Revitalising Small Towns on the Island of Ireland: The Role of Local Government. Held in the Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan, the event considered the general principles of regeneration, and the lessons to be learnt from good practice elsewhere; the larger context for the event being that towns and villages across the island of Ireland have in the past decade experienced rapid change and mixed fortunes. This has ranged from the building of edge-of-town housing estates and retail units to increasing vacancy and the hollowing out of their centres. There are many reasons behind this persistent trend of decline and decay – edge of town developments, the evolving role of the digital economy, fewer people living along main streets and unsustainable suburban and one-off housing developments, changing demographics including population decline, and the many and varied impacts of the global economic crisis. How to redress these challenges is a major challenge facing local government across the island of Ireland – for while the challenges may be similar, it is increasingly clear that each town and village requires a specific and tailored response.
This event aimed to begin an all-island conversation on the role of local government in the revitalisation of our towns and villages. The event considered the broader challenges and opportunities at play, the policy environment in which the revitalisation of towns and the (re)imaginging of new futures will need to play out, and the key ingredients to the reimagining of small towns, successful place-making and especially those synergies that have to be created to make all of this happen.
Download the brochure and seminar programme here.
You can download the speaker’s presentations:
Session 1: Revitalizing Small Towns – an Emerging Framework
Session 2: Reimagining Small Towns – the Key Ingredients
Session 3: Regenerating Our Communities – Learning from Others
Session 4: Plenary Session and Close
Revitalising Our Small Towns – Place-Making in Action
Ms. Sinead Carr, Director of Services, Tipperary County Council
Chair: Dr. Patricia O’Hara