Planning Our Streets & Cities of the Future

A one-day conference

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Date: 6th December 2018

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Our towns and cities play a significant role in driving economic development and can offer better lives across the country. Ireland is set to see a major increase in population growth over the next 10 to 20 years and with that will bring important opportunities as well as significant challenges. Now is the time to prepare and establish how our towns and cities can become more productive and efficient while improving the quality of city life. New technologies will play a big role in boosting connectivity, productivity and liveability within our urban spaces.

This forward thinking conference will show you where Ireland is going in terms of urban growth and development, and how to plan accordingly. We will show the steps required to integrate current and future technology and A.I with infrastructure and transport, creating smart regions and improving public transport in the process. We will examine innovations with street lighting and the benefits to agriculture and our energy consumption targets. We will show how to utilise the information and trends regarding the current direction of urban development and plan accordingly, such as: where are the growth areas? What are the areas for improvement, and what are the potential commercial opportunities? These topics and more will be discussed in detail on what promises to be a hugely informative day.

See below event programme for a full list of key topics to be covered on the day

CMG events typically sell out quickly, so prompt booking is strongly advised to secure your place at the early bird rate and save €100.00 – Early Bird Rate is €395.00 + VAT (Normal rate €495.00 + VAT)

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain amount of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment.

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5 Structured CPD Points

Full Day Programme 8.50am to 4.30pm

Opening remarks from Conference Chairperson

Getting it right from the start – Transforming Public Consultation for Meaningful Community Engagement

Speaker: Carol Tallon, Strategic Planning Director (MPRII) with Property District and author of several books on Irish housing

The future of urban development – where do we see our towns and cities by 2040

  • The strategic vision – how to achieve our plans by 2040
  • City Governance

Speaker: Dept of housing and planning

Urban Planning Issues & how to overcome these obstacles-

Planning to accommodate urban growth at regional, metropolitan and local level

  • What are the fastest growing towns and cities
  • What is required? What happens if we do nothing?
  • Where are there commercial opportunities?

Speaker: Mary Hughes, MIPI Director, HRA | PLANNING, Chartered Town Planning Consultants DAC

Achieving the vision & our plans for 2040 – EU funding & finance options

  • Creating a strategy
  • What EU funding and finance options are available to cities and local authorities
  • Capacity Building 
  • Policy 
  • Networking

Speaker: Eileen Crowley, External Expert & Evaluator European Commission/Head of Research and Innovation NMCI

Placemaking and FDI (Foreign Direct Investment)

  • Overview of FDI in Ireland
  • Key selling points for Ireland including Ireland 2040
  • Characteristics of successful Placemaking in competitor cities
  • Examples of Placemaking Initiatives in competitor cities.

Speakers: James Farrell, Head of Strategic Policy, IDA

Limerick – Ireland’s Digital City Case Study

  • How the concept was started
  • What were the obstacles in getting it off the ground?
  • How it was implemented through the city?
  • Ireland 2040 vison and how Limerick fits in to the realisation

Speaker: Dr. Mihai Bilauca Head of Digital Strategy & EU Programmes Limerick City & County Council

Planning for Smart Region

  • Why a smart region
  • Foundations for a smart region
  • Policy Context
  • Providing the infrastructure
  • Creating smart economy, smart mobility, smart government, smart people, smart utilities, smart agriculture, smart tourism

Speaker: David Minton, Director, Northern & Western Regional Assembly

Smart cities infrastructure & transport – integrating technology & AI

  • Technology forecasts for Smart Cities
  • Electric car infrastructure roll out
  • Smart metering
  • Trams, Trains & Buses – What’s the future?

Speaker: Gerard Corcoran, Huawei

Street lighting innovations – South East Region

  • Energy
  • Agriculture
  • Urban rural supply demand balance

Speaker: Paddy Phelan, 3 Counties energy agency

Mary Hughes

Mary Hughes

MIPI Director, HRA | PLANNING, Chartered Town Planning Consultants DAC

With in excess of 20 years post qualification experience Mary’s initial years were spent working as a planner with local government in Ireland.

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This was before moving to the private sector and working for a multi-disciplinary consultancy specialising in transport and planning for three years. Mary then established HRA | PLANNING a town planning & environmental consultancy in 2005 with offices in Dublin and Limerick city. She has been involved and continues to be involved in many national and regional projects including the preparation of development plans on behalf of local government; provision of advice on planning and environmental matters to national government departments and semi state bodies; and provision of planning advice to large development companies, regeneration companies and community groups. Mary was elected to the national Council of the Irish Planning Institute (IPI) in 2010 and served as President of the Institute from 2014 to January 2016. She was appointed by the Minister for the Environment to the Independent Review Group of An Bord Pleanála in 2015. She was also nominated by the Irish Planning Institute as a candidate to the 25th Seanad Eireann election.

Carol Tallon

Carol Tallon

Strategic Planning Director (MPRII) with Property District and author of several books on Irish housing

Carol Tallon is the author of the Irish Property Buyers’ Handbook series from 2011 to 2015 and several business titles to date.

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With a post-graduate background in Law, Business and Strategic Innovation, most recently from University College Dublin, Carol has contributed to Irish and international media on current affairs, industry, property, innovation & technology (PropTech).  She has been involved in the construction and property industries for more than a decade and has worked as a strategic consultant – at operational and project levels – with Government departments, industry representative bodies, private developers, construction companies, auctioneering firms and media outlets.

Gerard Corcoran

Gerard Corcoran


Gerard Corcoran is an Account Director for Huawei Enterprise Business Unit in Western Europe with responsibility for Smart and Safe Cities.

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He has over 35 years experience in the ICT industry with special focus on New and Emerging Technologies applied to the development of Smart and Sustainable Cities.

He has contributed to the development of industry solutions within Huawei and the broader Smart City Ecosystem including TMForum, GSMA, ITU and WBA.

He has successfully completed Communications, Networking, Consulting, Systems Integration, Managed Services and Outsourcing engagements in Europe, Asia and the US.

Prior to joining Huawei in 2008 he had a senior solutions position in EDS (HP), A.T.Kearney and Cap Gemini.

David Minton

David Minton

Director, Northern & Western Regional Assembly

David commenced as Director with the Northern and Western Regional Assembly in September 2016.

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His vision for the region is simply to connect the existing latent strengths in our economic catchments, sectors, clusters and communities. He has over 15 years experience working in various sectors from Microfinance in South Sudan with Concern Worldwide to Economic Development in Longford, Offaly and Mayo. Some of his achievements relevant to this project include:

  • Publishing the first Rural Digital Strategy in Ireland and founding member of Digital Mayo.
  • Piloted the first internal Incubation Hub within Offaly County Council hosting 4 companies and is now home to 29 companies under a brand new €500,000 Junction innovation centre in Tullamore, Offaly
  • Project team member for the delivery of AquaComms fibre optic cable from Shirley New York to Killala, Co Mayo
  • Economic Development officer and project manager for €35m Tullamore Dew Distillery project in Tullamore, Offaly.
  • Last year launched the Ireland West Trade Centre in Rhode Island, US for small to medium size enterprises exporting product and services.

OSI-Logo-250x85Ordnance Survey Ireland is the national mapping agency in the Republic of Ireland. It is an information organisation whose business is to capture, process and distribute spatial information by means of advanced technology.

Ordnance Survey Ireland’s primary product is mapping services. Ordnance Survey Ireland produces urban, rural and tourist and leisure mapping at a variety of scales. This mapping is produced in digital form as well as on paper. In addition, the base data used to create the map products is also used to produce other products such as aerial photography/ orthophotography and Digital Terrain Models and Environmental Reports. It also has an extensive database of historic mapping data from the 1830’s. Ordnance Survey Ireland licenses the use of its data for a wide range of computer based applications such as Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

This event will be of real interest to all businesses in Ireland, public and private sector organisations, government departments, local authorities, solicitors, barristers and regulators.

There will be 5 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

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