One Day Conference

New Regional Governance in Ireland: Perspectives And Challenges

 Renehan Hall, NUI Maynooth

Monday 21 January 2013


Keynote Speakers (for full program, see below):

Mr. Phil Hogan T.D. – Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government

Professor John Tomaney – Professor of Urban and Regional Planning in the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. (Speaker sponsored by the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis)

Professor Michiel de Vries – Radboud University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Conference Theme

The recently announced Action Programme for Local Government includes substantial changes to the organisation of regional government and governance in Ireland. The current eight regional authorities and two regional assemblies will disappear and be replaced by three regional assemblies. The Irish branch of the RSA invites you to a one-day conference on the theme of “new regional governance in Ireland: perspectives and challenges”.


Registration and updates

Registration fee: 50 Euro including lunch.

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New Regional Governance: Provisional Program

09:00-9:30 Registration Coffee

09:30-09:40 Welcome

09:40-10:00 – Dr. Chris van Egeraat (Chair Regional Studies Association, Irish Branch) – Setting the scene.

10:00- 10:45 – Professor John Tomaney, UCL (Speaker sponsored by NIRSA, NUIM) – Regional government restructuring in England: lessons for Ireland.

10:45-11.30 – Professor Michiel De Vries (Radboud University the Netherlands) – Perspectives on recent developments in public sector reform in the Netherlands.

11.30-11.50 Coffee

11.50-12.30 Dr. Proinnsias Breathnach (NUIM) – Regional governance and regional development: implications of the Action Programme for Local Government.

12.30-13.00  Phil Hogan, TD, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government – Conference Address.

13.00-14.00   Lunch Pugin Hall

14.00-14.30 Stephen Blair (Director of the S&E Regional Assembly) – New Regional Structures – Organising the Transition

14.30-15.00  Dr. William Brady (UCC) – Local government reform in Ireland: an opportunity for effective metropolitan planning?

15.00-15.30  Dr. Vincent Cunnane (CEO Shannon Development) Regional Governance and Economic Development: Change and Renewal in the Shannon Region.

15:30-16:00 Coffee

16.00-17.00 Panel Discussion