Dublin 2016: Towards a Vision for a World-Class City

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Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn will  launch a dialogue for Dublin's future at Dublin City Council’s seminar  “Dublin 2016: Towards a Vision for a World-Class City” at the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 1 on Monday, 12th May, 2014 at 12pm. Participants will be invited to commit to delivering key actions by 2016 that will shape the future of Dublin as a leading global city.  The centenary of the1916 Rebellion that led to Ireland's independence provides an opportunity to look forward and plan positively the next 100 years of Dublin life.

The framework for this Capital City Dialogue for the Future is set by the recent speeches given by President Michael D. Higgins at the State Ceremony Marking the Centenary of the Foundation of Cumann na mBan this year and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a Dublin Chamber of Commerce event in 2013.

“In the century since 1916 Dublin has taken it’s place as one of the great Capital Cities of the World. As we prepare for the celebrations of 2016 this seminar provides an opportunity to look to how Dublin can continue to be a great world capital. The focus of discussion will be on issues of equity and social justice, balanced development and global engagement. Today’s Dublin is cosmopolitan, progressive, innovative and vibrant. The seminar will help ensure we build on the legacy of the past, embrace the reality of the present and create the shape of the future.”  Peter Finnegan, Director, Office of Economy and International Relations, Dublin City Council.

A panel of speakers will debate the themes that define Cities and suggest actions that could further enhance Dublin as world-class city, and improve quality of life and society. Challenges for action will be many and includes The Lord Mayors challenge to Government and the OPW to transform the vacant site at Smithfield. This could become a People's Park celebrating the achievements of the State since independence. It would acknowledge the importance of diversity and inclusivity as hallmarks of Dublin as an Open City. Diversity is reflected in the cosmopolitan nature of Dublin's population today. As an Open City Dublin would also celebrate inclusivity giving parity to the different political and religious traditions on the Island today and the progress achieved towards gender and social equity.

For further reading on the event and excerpts from President Higgins’ speech please visit the following link: http://bit.ly/presidentspeech
For further information contact:
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277
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Notes to the Editor:

  • Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn
  • Frances Ruane, Director of the ESRI
  • Gerry Cahill, Architect and Lecturer in UCD,
  • Nathalie Weedick, Director, Irish Architecture Foundation
  • Maurice Manning, Chairperson, Expert Advisory Group on the Decade of Commemorations

This will be the first in a series of action dialogues that will be organised by City Council through the Office of Economy & International Relations to prepare for 2016 from the standpoint of ensuring Dublin's global position as a economic, social and educational beacon to the world.