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Chambers Ireland has announced its shortlists for the National Chambers Ireland awards, with Limerick Chamber making the shortlist for an award Chambers Ireland has announced its shortlists for the National Chambers Ireland awards, with Limerick Chamber making the shortlist for an award

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Limerick Chamber shortlisted for Most Successful Policy Campaign award

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Limerick Chamber shortlisted for Best Policy Campaign for their Future Development of Limerick City Report.

The Future Development of Limerick City Report highlighted the challenges that must be focused on to recover and develop our regional economy in the period to come

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Limerick Chamber CEO Dee Ryan. Picture: Oisin McHugh True Media.

Limerick Chamber has been shortlisted for Best Policy Campaign for their Future Development of Limerick City Report which was released in collaboration with Indecon in 2021, the acknowledgement is via the National Chambers Award. The report highlighted the challenges that must be focused on to recover and develop our regional economy in the period to come. Recommendations include the acceleration of important projects in the Limerick 2030 Economic and Spatial Plan and the implementation of a citizen’s dashboard on key local projects as accountability and measurement is critical in moving Limerick city forward. 

The report encourages the transformation of Limerick Urban environment to focus more on the repopulation of the city centre which would have a greater impact on revitalisation than any other policy intervention. The report highlighted a need to ensure that the housing supply meets projected population growth and that the right type of housing is delivered in the right locations.  The report also addressed another key challenge faced by the region in regard to the ‘brain drain’ from regional cities to the capital and other international destinations. While the share of graduates staying and working in the Limerick region increased between 2015 and 2018, immediate focus on retaining these valuable knowledge workers is recommended.

Dee Ryan, CEO Limerick Chamber commented, “We are honoured that Limerick Chamber has been shortlisted for this award. Limerick Chamber is one of only three Chambers in Ireland with a Chief Economist and designated Policy team, we are currently the only chamber with a policy/lobbying focus in the Midwest. A responsibility taken by our Policy team Sean Golden and Diarmuid O’Shea. Limerick Chamber focuses on regional economic development of the Midwest and in the past has developed reports such as Assessment of Aviation Policy as a Driver of Economic Development in the West and Mid-West of Ireland in collaboration with Copenhagen Economics which addresses the importance of Shannon Airport for the Midwest.”

The winners will be announced at an in-person event on June 2nd.

The full report is available HERE 

To learn more about the policy efforts of Limerick Chamber, go HERE

For more stories on Limerick Chamber, go HERE

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