Coordinated plan must have support of all four councils.
Dublin region 'Supremo' required to drive actions.
ISME, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprise Association, welcomed the Dublin Regional Action Plan for Jobs 2016 released today (25th January) and called on Government to focus on business competitiveness as a cornerstone for any plan, regional or otherwise. The Association also believes that the regional plan will only be successful if there is a single locus of control and authority to drive the Action Plan.
At the launch in Butlers Chocolates premises in Clonshaugh, Mark Fielding, ISME CEO, commented, "We welcome today's plan for the capital city, which completes the regional plans, nationwide. If the Irish economy is to grow sustainably in the long-term it is essential that we have a vibrant and prosperous capital city. Dublin has been recovering at a faster rate than the rural economy to date and, while we must work to speed up the recovery in other areas of the country, we must also remain committed to nurturing this recovery in the capital".
"Planning is one thing, the follow through and execution is more important and prone to confusion and inaction because of the multiplicity of actors.
Not alone is it a challenge is to get all four Dublin councils to cooperate under one plan but getting all state, regional, publicly funded and private bodies to work together will be an enormous political and logistical challenge."
"Maybe it is now time to look at employing a 'Dublin Region Supremo' with authority to coordinate and drive the multifaceted projects to improve the region. The appointee should not hold an elected office and should be accountable to all stakeholders - the Government, the public and business, to successfully deliver on the priorities of the capital city, on time and on budget",concluded Fielding.