Monthly Archives: October 2006

Wrixon: UCC’s Courageous President

During my years as president of the University of Limerick my colleagues and I were pleased indeed at the relaxed approach to change and development adopted by successive presidents in UCC.  As Cork dawdled Limerick forged ahead. Year after year Cork’s lead was narrowed, and in certain areas eliminated. In rapid succession a series of spanking new buildings emerged on the Limerick campus with funding from the World Bank and then the European Investment Bank. New academic programmes were launched and student numbers grew.  Then, with a major fundraising drive in the US, further new laboratories, student residences, sports facilities, … Continue reading...

Newry-Dundalk: the cross-border bipolar city

The British and Irish Governments have launched an important study designed to stimulate the creation of an ‘all-island economy’. A variety of North/South collaborative initiatives are proposed. The study is important in its own right. But it is also a significant marker: it signals the ending of the long years of tortuous political interaction since the Good Friday Agreement and the strong wish of both communities to collaborate and win the peace dividend.

The study calls for ‘joined-up’ North/South planning in delivering key infrastructure at a cost of over €100billion during the next ten years. The Secretary of State for … Continue reading...