Dublin City Infrastructure Summit

The Dublin City Infrastructure Summit took place in the Council Chambers of Dublin City Hall on Tuesday 23rd May. The policy summit highlighted the challenges facing the planning and delivery of infrastructure projects for Dublin City. The environment was one of collaboration, with key policy makers in attendance from Local and National Government, key industry stakeholders and representatives of the business community.  The Summit was chaired by Cllr. Paul McAuliffe, Chair of the Economic Development, Enterprise & International Relations Strategic Policy Committee.

The Summit focused on 4 core themes; cataloguing the challenges, competitiveness and housing supply, Investment in movement and delivering infrastructure.


  • Reinforcing Infrastructure is the key to ensuring that Dublin City remains competitive and resilient to external shocks such as BREXIT.
  • Dublin is the national economic engine and supports regional and rural development, as such investment in City’s Infrastructure must be maintained
  • Greater collaboration between local authorities and public bodies is required, particularly in the delivery and planning of Infrastructure.
  • Housing, both in terms of affordability and accessibility, are again highlighted as significant challenges facing the City.
  • A register for vacancy rates would be beneficial and assist in improving building density, with simultaneous investment in transport.
  • Building costs in Ireland are higher than other European countries. The underlying reasons need to be identified.
  • A cultural change is required as we encourage families to adapt to apartment living and make greater use of public transport.
  • Retaining talent, when citizens have to commute long distance, is a significant challenge for SME and FDI.
  • Transport infrastructure is a pressing need and while plans are in progress for the Metro North and dart expansion, delivery of these projects may take a decade.
  • Technology could provide increased data on which to improve our evidence base in decision making. Harnessing and valuing assets in a Dublin context, gives a blueprint for cities and town across Ireland.
  • Longer term planning was called for with a focus on quality and monitoring.

It was also highlighted that significant positive progress is being made with the delivery of a number of key infrastructure projects which will enhance quality of life and business efficiency e.g. the Luas Cross City Project, Dublin waste2energy plant, the Poolbeg and Docklands Strategic Development Zones and the delivery of a number of rapid build housing units.  

Speaking at the event Professor Ronan Lyons said "In an era where FDI is chasing skilled labour, rather than natural resources; housing and infrastructure are key to Dublin's competitiveness. This is because they provide the quality of life that skilled labour expects. Dublin faces a challenge in this regard, at the moment, with rising sale and rental prices and limited availability of homes for its growing population. By putting in place the right infrastructure, and by addressing the high cost of building in the city, Dublin can maintain its position as a global hub for foreign investment."

Cllr Paul McAuliffe said “The delivery of Infrastructure for Dublin City is the key to being able to promote our City as a great place to live, work, visit and invest. The provision of affordable, sustainable housing and access to efficient transport are critical to ensuring that we continue to attract investment and jobs. Dublin City needs to complete nationally to access the funding required to make this happen and ensure that it remains the economic engine of the country.” 

Declan Wallace, Assistant Chief Executive for Community, Recreation and Economic Services said “There is a significant difference between taking about infrastructure and delivering on it. Dublin City Council has played a central role in the delivery of a number of key infrastructure projects, including the Strategic Development Zones in both Poolbeg and the Dublin Docklands, the delivery of the Dublin Waste2Energy plant and the LUAS Cross City programme. We will continue to collaborate and engage with all stakeholders to ensure that Dublin City continues to thrive and remains one of the top destinations for investment and job creation”.  


Further information

The Dublin Infrastructure Summit was hosted by the Economic Development Office of Dublin City Council and the Economic Development, Enterprise & International Relations Strategic Policy Committee. Key contributors included; Professors John Fitzgerald and Ronan Lyons, Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin and Professor Deiric O’Brion CEO of NorDubCo and lecturer in Dublin City University. Other industry stake holders included Mary Rose Burke CEO, Dublin Chamber of Commerce and Senator Neale Richmond, Chairman, Seanad BREXIT Committee. Also in attendance was the Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin and representatives from the elected members of the Council as well as a number of the executive management team. Contributions to the summit were made by a range of stakeholders including the National Transport Authority, Waterways Ireland, CODEMA, JC Decaux, NESC, the Construction federation of Ireland, Irish Water, IBEC, DKM, Connect Centre, Dublin Port and Dublin Airport.

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