First Annual Conference: Regional and Local Development Strategies on the Island of Ireland: Addressing Key Issues and Building Capacity

Athlone, Co. West Meath
27 May 2004

The event was opened by the Irish Minister for Education and Science, Mr Noel Dempsey TD, and was attended by 160 senior figures from central and local government, higher education institutions and the private sector in both jurisdictions. There was agreement that many planning and development issues, North and South, were similar and the overall feedback from participants strongly favoured the establishment of the Centre.