IBEC, the group that represents Irish business, has called for economic growth to be shared equally across the country in the new 2017 Local Economic Indicators report.

The new report, ‘Doing Business Locally’ is aimed at local and national policy makers and business leaders across the country.

Using publicly available data, all 31 local authority areas were profiled according to a common set of metrics including breakdown of skills; broadband and transport connectivity; employment by sector; tourism; enterprise agencies; and local government finance.

Launching the report, IBEC Senior Policy Executive, Aidan Sweeney said: “We must continuously strive to make Ireland the best place to live, work and invest. Our population is expected to grow by as much as 30 per cent over the next 25 years, yet we have the lowest capital investment in infrastructure across the EU. The findings in our report show that we must progress the National Planning Framework without delay to address the growing imbalance between Dublin and the rest of the country. The new Framework has the capacity to address the economic and social challenges shown in our report, but only if it is underpinned by an all-Ireland approach to planning and increased State investment in transport, broadband, water services, health and education infrastructure. Our cities must be able to continuously compete in the global race for investment, whilst at the same time regional development must ensue. Future economic success hinges on infrastructure investment. If we invest wisely now, all regions will benefit in the years to come and business will create more jobs locally.”

In our report, we have ranked key areas of interest to local and national politicians and businesses. This has provided us with a unique insight to the economic and social make up of the economy at a local level. It is our intention that this set of comprehensive indicators encourages public debate and better decision-making locally.”

Source: IBEC

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