Dublin Docklands Regeneration Conference looks to Sustainable Future

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A Conference on the future sustainable regeneration of Docklands takes place on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd May 2013 at The Gibson Hotel, Point Village, Dublin 1. The Conference will focus on the wider Docklands area addressing key themes such as the Economy, Education and Employment; Community Identity and Neighbourhoods; and will look towards achieving a Healthy, Clean Green Unique Maritime Environment for the Docklands area.

The Conference brings together approximately 150 influential delegates, mainly from residential, business and educational communities in the Docklands area. The potential for a shared approval for the continued regeneration of the Docklands for the benefit of the whole community and the city will be discussed.

According to Dick Gleeson, City Planner, “this conference will explore ways of productive engagement between the City Council and the Docklands communities to achieve the sustainable, social, physical and economic revival of the area following the dissolution of the Docklands Authority last November. We hope to gain insights into the challenges and opportunities in the draft Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) planning scheme for the North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock Area, currently on public display.”

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise Ó’Muirí is equally ambitious on the objectives of the conference. "We want to investigate opportunities for a range of jobs,  explore ways of creating more resilient neighbourhoods and communities and seek ways to improve the environment of the Docklands.  We want to make it an attractive place, where people will want to live as a matter of choice, through the quality of building, open space, recreational and community sources,” he said.

The conference is timely given the recent ministerial designation of North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock as an SDZ and the preparation of a Draft Planning Scheme for the designated area. The Draft Planning Scheme is currently on public display until 10 May 2013 and the conference will give an up-date on the SDZ.

There will be an opportunity for discussion, debate and participation through workshop sessions on each of the key themes. The conference will be an important step in looking at new ways for a sustainable future for Docklands. Ruairi Quinn TD, Minister for Education and Skills will close the Conference.

ENDS

For further information contact:

Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170

Note to the Editor

Thursday May 2nd

 

9.30 – 10.10         THE  DOCKLANDS:  THE FUTURE

 

                                    Integration of City Council & Docklands: Philip Maguire, City Manager,

 

                                    Draft SDZ Planning Scheme: Dick Gleeson, City Planner

 

                                    Street Conversations: John Conroy, The Studio, Innovation Dublin

 

 

 

10.20 – 11.00              THE ECONOMY, EDUCATION & PATHWAYS TO JOBS

 

The Role of the Digital Economy: Gavan Drohan, Telefonica, Wayra Academy

 

The Role of SMEs in Docklands: Ciarán Flanagan, Docklands Business Forum

 

Enterprise & Community Development: Seamus McDermott, Liffey Trust

 

Transferring the Fumbally Experience: George Boyle, Fumbally Exchange

 

11.05 -11.30               REFRESHMENT BREAK

 

                                            EDUCATION

 

         11.35 – 11.55            Early Learning Initiatives: Dr. Josephine Bleach, National College Ireland

 

Education: Making a Difference, Pat Fanning, St. Joseph’s CBS, Fairview 

 

 

 

12.00 – 1.00pm          WORKSHOP SESSIONS

 

1.00 – 2.00pm            LUNCH

 

2.00 – 3.00 pm           HOUSING, COMMUNITY & IDENTITY

 

Regeneration; Lessons for Dublin: Dr. Andrew MacLaren, Trinity College Dublin

 

                                    Good Communities & Neighbourhoods: Trevor White, Uniquely Dublin

 

                                    Communities & Culture: Ray Yeates, City Arts Officer

 

                                    Providing Housing for All: Caren Gallagher, Irish Council of Social Housing

 

                                    A Youthful Docklands: Susan Menton, St. Andrew’s Resource Centre

 

                                   

 

3.00-3.30                    REFRESHMENT BREAK

 

3.30 - 4.30                  WORKSHOP SESSIONS

 

4.30                             Close of session: Seán Ó Laoire

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

Friday May 3rd

 

8. 45 am                   Registration

 

9.15                          Welcome and Introduction:  Chairman, Seán Ó Laoire

 

9.20 – 10.20             THE DOCKLANDS’ ENVIRONMENT

 

The Docklands: A Maritime Environment in Context: Conor Skehan, EIS

 

                                 Dublin Port and its master plan: Éamon O’Reilly, CEO, Dublin Port

 

                                 Recreation & Amenity Spaces: Les Moore, City Parks Superintendent

 

                                 Sustainable Energy Community & the Docklands: Gerry Wardell, Codema

 

                                 A Greener Eco-Friendly Docklands:  Fiona Craven, DCC

 

                                            

 

10.25 -11:25             WORKSHOP SESSIONS

 

11.25-11.45              REFRESHMENT BREAK

 

11.50 – 12.30           GOVERNANCE & THE WAY FORWARD

 

                                 Governance: John Tierney, Chair of Docklands’ Board

 

                                 A Community Perspective:  Sean Ó Laoire

 

 

 

12.30                        CLOSING ADDRESS: MINISTER FOR EDUCATION, RUAIRÍ QUINN TD

 

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