Brexit is a game-changer. Since 1973, Ireland has been content to rely on the land bridge through the UK as a route to Europe.
The EU recognises the dangers of the land bridge being blocked or blocked off. It’s willing to put the Atlantic Economic Corridor back into the TEN-T Core, the multi-billion euro scheme for removing bottlenecks and adding missing links in the EU’s road, rail, air and sea transport infrastructure by 2030. Ireland has to ask. Officials in the TEN-T have said funding is available, “so please apply”.
Thus far, the Irish Government has been negligent, not just in failing to develop the west, but in shunning EU institutions that want to help the west and north to overcome their disadvantage as peripheral regions in a peripheral country on the edge of Europe.
It’s time for a change.
Concept: Kealan Flynn, Vistacon
Design: Alan Travers, Alan Travers Digital Design