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In support of developing Regional Economic Blueprints - Young Fine Gael

In support of developing Regional Economic Blueprints

Presented at the Garret FitzGerald Summer School, Kilkenny 20/07/2013
Ballina YFG


  • That this resolution is necessary in light of the economic and social decline outside of the major urban areas and their commuter belt in Ireland.
  • That decades of Government policy has focused on centralising employment in the major urban centres of Ireland, particularly Dublin, leading to a sharp decline in the concentration of the population outside our major cities and towns.
  • That many young people, upon obtaining a Leaving Certificate, move to the major third level education centres based in major urban areas with the fullest intention to return to live and work in their home towns and villages. But, that this scenario is not borne out as the only employment opportunities available to them lie in our cities so that rural locations are losing their most skilled and youngest innovators.
  • This has the effect of rendering rural towns and villages devoid of young families, children for the local schools, customers for the local businesses and an inevitable decline in the services and amenities needed to live outside of our major cities and towns.


  • That Regional Economic Blueprints are the only mechanism to develop each and every region of Ireland to its fullest economic potential, harnessing all resources in each region, be they natural, human or capital.
  • That this mechanism, devised by all local authorities in each region through co-operation, ensures that all local knowledge can be utilised to maximise the potential of each region instead of centralised decision-makers directing policy for the nation as a whole.
  • That these Regional Economic Blueprints outline aims and objectives to be met in the short, medium and long term ensuring coherent planning and joined-up thinking between local authorities in each region.
  • That these Regional Economic Blueprints outline the areas of strength for each region, for example, the courses provided by regional third level institutions, the natural resources available in the region, the human capital at the regions' disposal and the future national and international needs that the region can fulfil and hence use to create employment.
  • That each local authority in the region must then formulate their own sub-Economic Blueprint which is in coherence with the aims and objectives of the Regional Economic Blueprint.
  • That this mechanism then prevents the centralisation of employment and investment to solely the major urban centres of Ireland and allows each region to prosper and grow economically which has attendant social benefits.
  • That this mechanism recognises the ability of modern technology to allow all regions in Ireland to be connected with the rest of the world in seconds through the internet, which has become the single greatest route to reaching world markets, removing location as a barrier to market. Through this approach, the Regional Economic Blueprints will be more attainable at local, national level as well as being raised at EU level providing a three pronged approach to gaining support for this mechanism. Regions can then reach their fullest economic and social potential and prevent the ever increasing slide towards a total urban society. It will present people with choice as to where they can live, work and raise a family.

YFG calls on:

  • Government to mandate all provinces and Dublin to formulate a twenty year Regional Economic Blueprint, with aims and objectives for economic development and employment for five, ten, fifteen and twenty year periods.
  • YFG itself to lobby for the inclusion of specific reference to Youth Employment in each of the Regional Economic Blueprints to ensure that there is continuation of employment across the generations in each region and to also tackle the current problem of youth unemployment.
  • YFG itself to approach all local authorities to gain support for our recommendation so that we can present a stronger argument to government with enhanced support from local authorities.
  • YFG itself to lobby Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to engage in subsidiarity, allowing regional authorities to work together in the formulation and implementation of Regional Economic Blueprints for the betterment of each region of Ireland
  • YFG itself to meet and present our Regional Economic Blueprint Mechanism to our MEPs, who can lobby for Regional Economic Blueprints for each region across the EU, for example, for each EU constituency in order to tackle the jobs crisis that is rife across member countries.


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