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Galway 2040 Symposium
Thursday 4th & Friday 5th November
All Welcome / Fáilte Roimh Chách
Fís ganTeorainn - Fáilte
Welcome to this symposium dedicated to articulating a vison for Galway in 2040. This
event is the first in a series which we hope will achieve the goal of setting out a vision by
the citizens of Galway, city and county, of how they would like their city and region to be,
in a generation from now.The idea is to create debate, discussion and argument about
the possibilities for the future.
The choice of a thirty year horizon is deliberate. It is intended to create the space to
think freely, without barriers. Think of what might be possible, what is most desirable.
What do you want to preserve about Galway? What are the things you want changed?
What needs to be created, invented? Think, not of the obstacles, but of the possibilities.
You will see from to-day’s programme that this is not a narrow debate. The domains or
pillars for our discussion are wide ranging. That is as it should be. You will see that some
seventy plus experts have put their heads together to produce these kick-off papers
which we hope will act as catalysts to generate further discussion and debate. You will
notice too that even though we are covering a lot of ground to-day there are many sub-
ject areas not yet included.
Future events will be focussed on drilling down in detail into specific subject domains.
We will also create an online space to facilitate the exchange of ideas as well as engage
through local radio and newspaper media. We need to get into the various social organ-
isations and groups and hear what you have to say.
We hope, over the next year, to refine the discussion and produce several major objec-
tives for our city and county to achieve in the coming decades. From there to action
plans. We might be surprised at how much can be achieved in maybe ten years, never
We have had enormous and enthusiastic support from our mayors, Cllr. Michael Crowe
Mayor of Galway city and from Galway County Mayor, Cllr. Jimmy McClearn; from GMIT
President Marion Coy and NUIG President Jim Browne and from the many individuals
who have put shoulder to the wheel in preparing for this event. We have also been
greatly encouraged by the very positive support of all the local media. Our sincere
thanks to each and every one.
Galway 2040 SteeringTeam: Paul Shelly Rory O’Connor
Jim Fennell Michael Coyle
Kevin Leyden Padraic Fogarty
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
Friday, 05th November, 2010
Time Details Presenters
9.15am - 9.20am Welcome and Introductions Paul Shelly, President Galway Chamber
Chairperson for the Event: David O’Connell, Group Editor,The ConnachtTribune Ltd.
9.20am - 9.30am Opening Address Michael D. HigginsT.D.
9.30am -10.45am Session 1 - Marine and Energy Mike Devane
/Research /Enterprise and Terry Smith
Innovation Mark Gantly
10.45am -11.15am Coffee break
11.15am -12.45pm Session 2 – Infrastructure & David Heffernan/ James O’Donnell
Environment/ Development Brian Sheridan
of Galway Docklands
12.45pm -1.30pm Lunch and Networking Fiona Monaghan
1.30pm - 2.45pmSession 3 –Tourism/ Culture Máiréad Ní Chróinín
/Agriculture & Food Michael Cuddy
2.45pm - 3.15pm Coffee break
3.15pm - 4.15pmSession 4 – Education /Social Sean McDonagh
Inclusion Joe Cunningham
4.15pm - 5pm Conclusions Rory O’Connor
5pm Close Cllr. Michael Crowe,
Mayor of Galway City
Cllr. Jimmy Mcclearn,
Mayor Of County Galway
The presentations on the ten topics covered in Sessions 1 to 4 will be based on position papers
developed over the last 6 months.There was a separate team for each topic and in all involved
about seventy individuals.These position papers are intended to stimulate in the community,
broader discourse, argument, debate to help create aVision for Galway in 2040.
1.1 Marine & Energy
Ireland’s Ocean Territory extends to 220
million acres and encompasses a wealth of
natural marine and energy resources.The
future development opportunity from
those resources offers significant and unre-
alised economic benefit for Ireland. It
makes Ireland strategically central to the
future development of Europe.
Galway City, located at the centre most
point of this valuable natural asset, is
poised to play a key national and European
role in the development of the Marine and
Energy opportunities that will be exploited
over the next thirty years.
Galway has developed as a maritime city over the last millennium and has a rich cultural,
economic and technology history that has resulted from an outward looking and interna-
tional trading perspective. This heritage of enterprise and trade with Europe and the
Americas has transformed the city and left a legacy of strong cultural and maritime his-
tory.When coupled with the strong base of Foreign Direct Investment this provides a ro-
bust platform for future economic growth
By 2040, the population on the island of Ireland is predicted to reach 8 million. It is rea-
sonable to assume that as the largest population centre directly on the West coast, Gal-
way will benefit from that growth and can grow to 400,000 people.The Marine and
Energy sector opportunities will have a direct influence on employment in tourism, manu-
facturing industry, research and education, finance and services and others.
Marine and Energy - 2040
By 2040, Galway must ensure that about one third of those employed in the Gal-
way region are in private or corporate employment. Can we create a future that
will see at least one third of those employed (directly or indirectly) in the Marine
and Energy sectors based on the sustainable development of our largest natural
Creating a popular vision that has the wider community support will ensure that difficult
“growth” challenges are addressed in a way that maximises economic benefit without
compromising any of the culture, heritage and lifestyle that is the cornerstone of Galway
City. It is equally important to select those future opportunities that best lend themselves
to sustainable and balanced growth and blend an investment portfolio that can withstand
economic cycles, provide higher value jobs, and support the cultural diversity that make
the city attractive to both the visitor and new professionals that will live here.
Sub-sectors considered include seafood, seaweed, marine bio-technology, hi-tech marine
services, oil & gas, bio-energy, on/off shore wind, and wave energy. Other sectors such as
shipping, marine tourism and leisure and education are of equal importance are ad-
dressed by other working groups. In considering the future of Galway in a Marine and En-
ergy context it is necessary to include the wider Western region; including the counties
of Galway, Clare, Limerick and Mayo and of course the coastal and island communities
that border the significant natural asset that is the Atlantic Ocean and its coastline.
c) The Challenges
One of the key challenges for Galway over the coming years will be to put in place the
necessary infrastructure and establish a pro-business environment in relation to marine
and offshore development projects. Similarly, the development of Galway’s harbour facili-
ties will be essential in order to make Galway the location of choice for high value oil and
gas and renewable energy organisations, and a first choice for organisations of all sizes
operating in other high value, quality niche markets. If Galway is to take advantage of the
significant opportunities which the marine and energy sectors offer, a number of unfore-
seen changes and global events will need to be managed.This will create a set of chal-
lenges which will need to be addressed and can be considered under a number of
headings as follows:
2. Spatial Context
3. Marine Coastal Community Engagement
4. Aligning EU and National Policy - Galway context
5. Creating a unique international brand for Galway:A Maritime City
6. Infrastructural Development
7. Associated Marine and Energy Enterprise Development
8. Human Capital Challenge
9. Sustainable use of the marine resource
10. Energy Challenges
d) The Opportunities
The marine sub-sectors analysed including, seafood, seaweed, marine biotechnology, and
marine hi- tech services offer significant business potential for the greater Galway area.
Similarly, the energy sub sectors such as onshore wind, offshore wind, wave energy, oil
and gas and bioenergy also offer significant business potential which the Galway region
can capitalise on.A profile of the potential business opportunities for Galway to 2040
suggests that there is potential for strong economic growth in marine and energy related
sectors. Given a focused approach to investment in marine and energy related sectors, a
significant portion (>30%) of the estimated 180,000 people working in private or interna-
tional corporate employment could be employed in those sectors.
Participants in Marine & Energy Pillar
Mike Devane (Chair) Yvonne Shields
Mick O’Toole Colin Brown
Frank Grealish Padraic Fogarty
Steve OCúláin Peter Tyndall
Mike Devane is a Business and Industry Consultant focused on the
development of enterprise and the promotion of new ventures.
Currently Mike is active in the development of a number of new
ventures including the evaluation, proposal development, structure
and financing of these projects. His broad knowledge of the busi-
ness, industry and academic infrastructure enables the brokering
and leveraging of diverse capability and the development of collabo-
rative initiatives that adds strength to project proposals and busi-
ness propositions. He has a keen interest in the organization and development of new
research and commercial opportunities that focuses on the increasing convergence of
traditional sectors including ICT, Bio-Med, Materials and Energy. His contribution to an
enterprise can be either in an executive or non-executive role focused on an advisory or
Mike is a member of the Board of American Chamber of Commerce and is the Chairman
of the American Chamber Research and Development Working Group. He chaired the
Nano-Ireland Taskforce, set up to advise the Government Sub-Committee on the strat-
egy for the adoption and investment in Nano-Technology. Mike is a key contributor to
chamber workgroups and has promoted the chamber R&D vision through the publication
“Retuning the Growth Engine”. He currently campaigns for the development of new com-
mercialization infrastructure and is active in the promotion of CSETs (Centres for Sci-
ence, Engineering and Technology), as he is a former a member of the Centre for
TelecommunicationsValue-chain Research Board. Currently he is the Chair of the Digital
Enterprise Research Institute Board.
Mike was theVP and Managing Director of Lucent Technologies International Sales with
responsibility for their trading principal and investments in Ireland until 2007. Mike joined
Lucent Technologies and wasVP of Supply Chain Operations in Europe until 2004. His op-
erational background within the ICT and the Discrete Manufacturing sectors, include ex-
perience in organization and business development and new venture startups, within both
multinationals and small enterprises. Much of his experience has focused on the transfor-
mation of enterprise, the development and expansion of new or foreign direct invest-
ments (FDI), and the re-engineering of FDI including the transition and outsourcing of
manufacturing and engineering activities and the creation of new value opportunities and
Mike has over 20 years experience in managing and leading multinational companies in
Ireland / Europe. Mike has both Executive Operational Management and Industry Con-
sulting experience and background across multiple industries and enterprises.
In 2040, Galway will be positioned as a world-leader in selected areas of Research that:
(1) are of global significance and impact; (2) are relevant to the region; (3) are of national
strategic importance; (4) support and enhance innovation and economic development; (5)
improve health and wellbeing; (6) develop and enhance community and social capital.
Through a coordinated approach by the primary, secondary and third level education in-
stitutions, national and local government agencies, community support groups, and the
enterprise sector, Galway will be the European location of choice for leading multina-
tional enterprises and indigenous industries, involved in research, technology develop-
ment and the commercialisation of new products, information, internationally traded
services, medical and information technologies, as well as for the creative industries sec-
tor. Galway will also be an age-friendly, socially inclusive environment and community, with
a focus on lifelong health and well-being.
Opportunities exist to develop and enhance strong collaborative linkages between our
Third Level Institutes, Government and other agencies, the Galway Chamber of Com-
merce and private Enterprises in the following Research areas:
• Medical Devices & Diagnostics
• Biomedical Research & Patient Care
• Renewable Energy & Energy Management
• Environment & Marine
• Creative & Cultural Industries
• Livable & Sustainable Communities
Participants in Research Pillar
Terry Smith (Chair) Nicholas Allen Orla Baxter
Colin Brown Lindsay Cody Gavin Collins
Patrick Collins James Cunningham Patrick Delassus
Patrick Dolan Mark Johnson Lokesh Joshi
Kevin Leyden Patrick Lonergan Peter McHugh
Vincent O’Flaherty Gearoid O’Laighin Abhay Pandit
Tom Scharf Rod Stoneman Frank Sullivan
Terry Smith is theVice President for Research at NUI Galway. In
that role, he has responsibility for coordinating and overseeing the
university’s research, innovation, technology transfer, and entrepre-
Terry obtained a BA. Moderatorship Degree in Microbiology from
Trinity College Dublin, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree at Ox-
ford University. He spent two years as a European Molecular Biol-
ogy Organisation Fellow at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in the
laboratory of 2007 Nobel Laureate in Medicine, Professor Oliver Smithies. He returned
to Ireland in 1990 to take up a Senior Research Scientist position at BioResearch Ireland’s
National Diagnostics Centre, based at NUI Galway. In 1994, he was appointed General
Manager of the National Diagnostics Centre, a post he held until 2001.Terry was a
founder member of the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES) at
NUI, Galway and was appointed Professor of Biomedical Engineering Science and Direc-
tor of the NCBES in January 2002. He directed the NCBES until 2009, having been ap-
pointedVice President for Research in July 2008. Terry is the Director of the Molecular
Diagnostics Research Group, and leads a four year multi-million Euro research collabora-
tion in infectious disease diagnostics assay development and commercialisation, with
Beckman Coulter. He is also the Principal Investigator in the Molecular Diagnostics pro-
gramme within the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute at DCU.Terry has authored and co-
authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers in international journals, as well as being
co-inventor of two granted patents and 12 patent applications.
1.3 Enterprise & Innovation
Enterprise in Galway will face significant challenges over the next 30 years:
• Scale: with a potential quadrupling of the population in the greater Galway
area, the enterprise sector will have to scale to meet the needs of that
population and fully exploit the opportunity that it present
• Enterprise culture: Enterprise must shift from the periphery to the core of
Galway – both physically and psychologically
• Connectivity: All enterprises will have significant connectivity to the outside
world, with a marked shift towards the fast-growing economies of the
• Investment: While FDI will continue to be major source of capital to drive en-
terprise, the indigenous sector must make a more significant contribution
to the economy. Capital to drive this sector must come primarily from
• Research: To drive a successful Smart Economy we need to achieve the right
connection between enterprise and third/ fourth level research
• Competitiveness: A highly productive, cost-competitive labour force is essen-
tial whether we are looking to maintain a strong manufacturing sector or
increase the level of research conducted by major corporations in Ireland
This paper develops these and other themes, with broad policy recommenda-
tions, some of which are directed at other pillars e.g. Education. It also sug-
gests some potential winners in terms of industry segments where we
believe Galway can have a significant presence, with healthcare being the out-
Participants in Enterprise & Innovation Pillar
Mark Gantly (Chair) Gerry Kilcommins (Medtronic)
Padraic Curtis (Boston Scientific) Mike Turley (DERI-NUIG)
Mike Conroy (CISCO) Shay Garvey (Delta Partners)
Joey Mason (Delta Partners)
Mark Gantly is Managing Director of HP Galway. His brief is to lead
the development of the Galway site, continuing a history of growth
and renewal that now extends back almost 40 years. He also leads
one of the major R&D groups on the site.
A native of Dublin, he came to Galway in 1983 and, like many be-
fore and after him, found no good reason to leave. He is a graduate
of Trinity College Dublin and the Irish Management Institute.
2.1 Infrastructure & Environment
BOUNDARY AND POPULATION
The group considered that Galway should be considered to be the metropolitan area as
shown in the current County Development Plan, including the Ardaun Corridor. It is esti-
mated by the group that the population of this area will be up to 400,000 by the year 2040
With such a population the provision of the GLUAS would be economically viable. Gen-
erally transport would have to be upgraded substantially.The provision of the Western
Corridor Rail with frequent services would be essential.There would have to be ade-
quate Park and Ride facilities on the outskirts of the city.This would allow increased
pedestrianization of the city and a good network of dedicated bus and cycle lanes.
The provision of an intercity seaplane service from the docks and ferry service to Kin-
vara with a Park and Ride facility there; these measures along with an upgrading of Gal-
way Airport to facilitate jets would improve access enormously.
Electrical infra structure will have to be substantially upgraded, ideally through wind tur-
bines at Mutton Island and in the bay.Also wave bob technology should be harnessed as
Ireland is at the forefront of this technology. Sewage treatment, water, gas and communi-
cations would also have to be substantially upgraded.
DOCKLANDS AND CEANNT STATION
With an estimated population of 400,000 for the greater Galway area by the year 2040,
Docklands and the Ardaun Corridor provide the only real opportunity to accommodate
this significant increase in population.This opportunity must be seized upon, particularly
in the Docklands where some 70 acres of land is available for redevelopment.This area
should provide for high density mixed development, similar to Miami Quays with buildings
of 15 to 20 stories high.The mistakes made in London Docklands must not be repeated
here. In London's case there was an initial development of low density Commercial/In-
dustial sheds which had to be demolished after a relatively short time to make way for
buildings like Canary Wharf.
EXISTING AND PROPOSED AMMENITIES
Future development proposals must incorporate plans for facilities and amenities to
avoid the mistakes of Knocknacarragh and Dougiska. In the docklands these should take
the form of marinas and civic spaces. In the Arduan Corridor provision would have to be
made for schools, parks, playing pitches and community provision.
Participants in Infrastructure & Environment Pillar
David Heffernan(Chair) Michael Mooney
James O’Donnell Peter Keavney
David Heffernan qualified and practiced Architecture in Melbourne
Australia before moving to the UK. He worked for The Architec-
ture Research Unit Edinburgh University for 3 years on London
based research into high density Local Authority housing estates.
After working for several London private practices David set up
Heffernan and Associates Architects in 1978 in London and eventu-
ally moved the practice to Barna Galway in 1994.The practice is
dedicated to low energy consumption buildings and its 3rd place (public vote) Centre
Pier competition entry if built would be a net exporter of energy .The practice is the
only accredited member of EASCA (Environmental and Sustainable Construction Associ-
ation)in the west of Ireland.
2.2 Galway Port & Dockland Development
NEW PORT PIVITOLTO FUTURE PROGRESSION OF GALWAY
The proposal to evolve Galway into a waterfront maritime hub, catering for commercial
shipping traffic, the development of Galway as a centre for Ocean Energy, cruise liners
and marine leisure is the fulcrum to the future of the City.
The short sighted view is not appropriate when port infrastructure is being planned. I
know it’s obvious, but we do live on an island and 99% of all we do on this island arrives
and leaves by sea. As Ireland’s third city it is wholly proper that Galway is serviced with a
modern port facility. While the promotion of the ‘softer’ values of the port have been
flagged on many occasion such as cruise liners and marine leisure it is the area of Ocean
Energy that the new port of Galway will be able to accommodate the vessel types and
sizes commensurate with servicing and harnessing what lies offshore Galway. Geography
has done the work for us. We are located adjacent to the world’s highest wave energy
site and utilising this energy to drive down our fossil energy requirements is fundamental
to EU policy and Government targets by 2020. The new port will be able to facilitate this
sector from the R&D stage to construction and ultimately deployment of devices off-
shore, Creating employment in the process. Galway in 2040 can be the world leader in
ocean energy technologies. Let’s get on with it!
The Port relocation allows for large swages of land for a change of use. Already, the IDA
are looking for high quality waterfront sites in urban locations to attract large multina-
tional companies whose employees are highly qualified and who want to live in a vibrant
city, who want to walk to work, that don’t want to own cars and want to eat, work, sleep
and play where quality of life allows that to happen. The relocation of Galway’s existing
commercial traffic from the existing medieval harbour to the new port opens the door
for such developments.
Iconic buildings. Why not! What will be the height of buildings allowed in our city in the
future? Few see anything wrong with the Eiffel tower or the Sydney Opera house. Why
not be brave and stick our necks out? The giraffes of Limerick and Athlone are doing just
that.What is the fear of 20 stories? In 1320 when the construction of St. Nicholas Colle-
giate College was commenced, it was to be the skyscraper of its time, towering over the
low level housing of Galway. St. Nicholas, the patron saint of mariners was to provide a
beacon to sailors when making landfall into maritime Galway as the church spire was so
conspicuous over the low rise dwellings.
“There are so many facets of the port’s plan that will be the springboard for the future
expansion of the city said Harbour Master, Captain Brian Sheridan.We need to turn
around and face the sea and move towards the ocean’s edge creating a vista of high qual-
ity functional structures, open spaces and at the same time creating a place to be proud
of….our city, Galway.
Captain Brian Sheridan, HARBOUR MASTER & PILOTAGE SUPERINTENDENT
Participants in Port & Dockland Development Pillar
Brian Sheridan (Chair) John Killeen
Jim Browne Peter Heffernan
Marion Coy Jim Murren
Captain Brian Sheridan IHMA; MNI; IIMM
Brian’s seagoing career was with the Danish shipping giant A. P.
Møller which began when he joined his first LPG/C Tanker Maersk
Commander November 1987. He studied at the Maritime College
@ Cork; University of Ulster @ Jordanstown; John Moores Univer-
sity @ Liverpool; Maritime College @ Glasgow and Warsash Mar-
itime College @ Southampton.A.P. Møller being the world’s largest
His career brought him from the rank of Deck Cadet to Master with A.P. Møller trading
on many vessel types but his expertise is in the operation of LPG Tankers.
He spent 3 years as Loading Master and Sea Pilot in Point Noire, Republic du Congo
while on secondment to Maersk Contractors who are part of the A.P. Møller group. In
1997 he took command of the companies largest LPG Tanker. In December 1999 he was
appointed Harbour Master & Pilotage Superintendent at Galway.
In 2000, planning for the new port of Galway commenced and this continues with plan-
ning expected to be lodged with An Bord Pleanála in the 1st quarter of 2011.
In 2001, Brian was appointed as Treasurer of the International Harbour Masters Associa-
In 2009, Galway Harbour was a host port in theVolvo Ocean Race resulting in a major
economic boost to Galway and the region.TheVolvo Ocean Race Stopover at Galway
showcased the medieval commercial harbour in a new way in the eyes of Galwegians.
Brian is married to Didi and has four children.
Who Will be coming to Galway in 2040 ?
Based on global population projections the future for international tourism is very
healthy but will we be looking to our traditional source markets? With the Western
Worlds share of the population remaining static and even declining (Europe) it is likely we
will be looking to Asia as a key driver of international tourist arrivals by 2040.
By 2045 the number of older people at world level is likely to exceed the number of chil-
dren for the first time – in more developed Western regions where population ageing is
more advanced the number of children dropped below that of older people in 1998. In
essence it is likely that we will still be attracting an older demographic 55+ but from a
wider variety of geographies with China and India likely to be key source markets by
Where does Galway need to be to capitalise on international tourism by 2040?
It is our vision that Galway will have delivered product and infrastructure that ensures it
is placed within the Top 10 worldwide destinations for visitors & events (ranging from
cultural to sporting to business).
The following are areas that the Tourism Pillar has discussed and debated and that will be
a necessity to ensure a vibrant tourism product over the next 30 years:
Galway as a World Acclaimed CulturalTourism Destination
• Deliver a 21st century multifunctional Performing Arts space capable of hosting events
up to 7500 (space can also be transformed to host international conferences and busi-
• Look at the regeneration of the Woodquay Area and Fisheries Field as a Cultural Hub
for the city - this would require acquiring the current Court House along with the
Town Hall site as the anchor buildings
• Invest in our key Cultural Festivals & Events to put them on the “must see” list for dis-
cerning tourists e.g. Galway Arts, Cuirt International Festival of Literature
• Develop new cultural events to support our existing complement and have a year
round calendar of high profile events
Position Galway as a European Centre of Excellence for Marine Leisure
• Embracing our maritime past & interpreting it in an exciting & compelling way
• Building on our unique coastal location and open up access to Lough Corrib
• Develop a worldwide reputation for hosting world class international maritime events
• Regeneration of Salthill to include upscale luxury retail outlets & discerning eateries
Position Galway as a Leading Destination for MedicalTourism
• Capitalise on our strong reputation for the production of medical devices
• Leverage our position as a University town with access to leading medical research and
Galway as a Destination for Service Excellence
In order to deliver of this vision in a sustainable and profitable way we need to position
Galway as a destination for Service Excellence
• Develop and deliver “The Galway Way”
• Empower all front line interfacing personnel in tourism and business to be
Ambassadors for the City and Service Excellence
What will success look like in 2040 ?
• Galway to be in the Top 10 Worldwide Destinations for InternationalVisitors
• Galway to be the Best Practice Case Study for emerging destinations
Participants in Tourism Pillar:
Fiona Monaghan (Chair) Brian Bourke (Gleno Abbey)
John Crumlish (Galway Arts Festival) Paul Gill (Hotels Federation)
Head of Operations, Fáilte Ireland West Region
A native of Galway City Fiona studied at NUIG where she gradu-
ated with a B.Comm and a Diploma in Marketing Practice. She
then went on to attain a Masters of Business Studies from the
Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business at University College
Dublin. Fiona has worked extensively in the Tourism sector for the
last 15 years in both the US and Ireland. On completion of her
MBS in 1995 Fiona took up the position of Director of Sales for North America with the
Doyle Hotel Group in Washington DC and worked with the organisation through the ac-
quisition of a prominent DC hotel and subsequently during the merger with Jurys Hotels.
In 1999 she relocated to NewYork to take up the position of Trade Promotions Manager
with Bord Fáilte. In 1992 Bord Fáilte merged with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board to
form Tourism Ireland and Fiona held a number of positions with the organisation most
recently as Manager of Strategic Planning & Advertising before returning to Ireland in
2007 to take up her current position as Head of Operations West Region with Fáilte Ire-
land. Fiona resides in Galway with her husband and two young sons.
“Creativity requires a mental state that welcomes ambiguity, doubt, confusion, ir-
rationality, anxiety, error, failure, risk, change. A mental state that sees all these as
Tim Emlyn Jones, Dean, Burren College of Art
“We like to use the words 'question', 'object', 'contradict', 'challenge', 'contest', 'dis-
approve', and the like. This contradictory spirit, often considered a fault on an in-
dividual level, becomes a virtue when it is expressed collectively.”
Jean-Marie Dru, Chairman,TBWA Communications Group
“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more
important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
AVision for Culture and the Arts …
In 2040, culture and the arts will be an integrated part of the social, political and eco-
nomic fabric of Galway City. Culture and the arts will be a creative force that sustains en-
trepreneurship, a source of imagination and inquiry in education and scientific research,
and a catalyst for civic engagement and social inclusion.
Galway City will be defined by its passion for culture and the arts, and artists will have
the infrastructural, educational and financial supports to make, show and tour work that
sets international standards.The city will sustain a vibrant community of Irish and interna-
tional artists, between students, young artists and established artists.
In 2040, art and culture will permeate the everyday life of Galway City, disrupting the
norm and creating a contradictory public spirit that welcomes ambiguity, irrationality, fail-
ure, risk and change. The public will seek out artistic and cultural experiences because
they are live, unpredictable, spontaneous, raw, inspirational, challenging, passionate. Cul-
ture and the arts will be a topic of critical debate and discussion in pubs, cafes and on the
How can we achieve this vision? Is it necessary to achieve it? What do we want to see
in culture and the arts in 2040?
Participants in Culture Pillar
Máiréad Ní Chróinín Páraic Breathnach
Fidelma Mullane Ollie Jennings
Lelia Doolin Joe McDonagh
Máiréad Ní Chróinín
Máiréad Ní Chróinín is a theatre artist based in Galway. She is co-
director of Moonfish Theatre, and has created seven productions
with the company. She has recently been selected by the Arts
Council as Theatre Artist in Residence at Nun's Island Theatre, Gal-
way, as part of the nationwide Artist in Residence programme 2010-
Máiréad holds a BA in Politics and an MSc in International Politics and Human Rights
from the University of Glasgow. She completed a traineeship in the European Commis-
sion, and has worked as a project manager and development consultant on EU funded
projects. She currently works part-time for Senator Niall Ó Brolcháin of the Green Party.
3.3 Agriculture Food & Rural Development
The Common Agricultural Policy, with its high price supports and attractive farm struc-
ture improvement grants, greatly influenced the structure of agricultural production in
the Galway region. Production switched from traditional mixed farming to specialisation
in beef and, to a lesser extent, sheep.This strategy gave good returns to farmers, while
the supports were high.This situation has now changed radically.With the reduction of
support and increasing reliance on the market price, margins have been reduced to the
point where a viable family income can only be realised from relatively large farms.
The transformation of these agricultural commodities into food was carried out through
minimal processing, primarily for an undifferentiated export market.The extend to which
this food reached local households was through the supermarket chains which exercised
monopsony (few buyers) power on the processors, squeezing margins and indirectly influ-
encing the prices received by farmers.
Although overall only 35% of rural residents are dependent on agriculture for their liveli-
hoods, this dependence increases as the distance from Galway increases.Approximately
75% of family farms are part-time, with over 50% of their income coming from off farm
employment. During the “celtic tiger”, urban based construction was the most significant
sector for rural male workers; the demise of this sector has created a large pool of un-
employed rural workers. Rural communities are generally weak in terms of community
services, community employment and community action, despite significant government
and EU funding through the LEADER programme.There is a low level of participation in
community action, partly due to high participation in the labour market.
Drivers of change
The continuing decline in EU price subvention and direct payments (in real terms) and in-
creasing liberalisation of trade and competition from imports will continue to lower the
price of the current key products, while concern for the environment and animal welfare
and oil shortages will push up production costs.At the same time the large corporate re-
tailers will continue source food at the lowest possible price.This market model of agri-
cultural development with declining margins combined with reduced future direct EU
payments will favour larger and larger farms. However, both large scale and small-scale
producers must find ways of increasing the value added of their produce. Small-scale pro-
ducers, in particular, must find alternative products and production methods, which can
yield higher value added per unit of land area and effort.
Alternative farm products will become more viable substitutes to the more traditional
produce, for example, energy crops, wind farms, tourist venture farms, tourist walkways.
Also, farmers will be required to be guardians of the countryside, as a public good, while
at the same time exploiting it as a multi-service asset.
Galway has a large indigenous population and combined with a dynamic tourist market
provides a significant potential local demand for locally produced food. Customers are
also becoming increasingly aware of the need for food, which is of the highest quality and
which is disease free. Origin of food will play an increasingly critical role in food choice.
Building on the Irish tradition of local self help, a framework and a network for local de-
velopment has been firmly established through the EU funded LEADER programme. In-
creasing access to high-speed broadband adds to the attractiveness of rural communities
as a living and working space. Public finances will not be available in the medium term to
drive local development.This objective will increasingly depend on local entrepreneurial
capacity and the willingness of a much wider segment of the local community to engage
in common purpose.
Large-scale farms will produce high quality output in an efficient and environmentally
friendly way.They will have more direct control of processing and more direct selling to
the supermarkets.They will have developed a Galway brand, which they will supply to in-
ternational niche markets. Small-scale farms will produce high value added niche prod-
ucts, which are of the highest quality and environmentally friendly.They will engage in
small-scale processing of milk, meat (with local abbatoirs), cereals, fruit and vegetables.
They will market these products directly to consumers through farmers markets, which
will be expanded in Galway and established in each town throughout the county. They
will also market directly to hotels, restaurants, bread and breakfasts, public institutions
and local stores. Some producers will have established an international reputation for
their produce and have entered the international market with their special Galway brand.
A food cluster with a Galway brand will be established, linking producers, consumers and
the tourist industry, to promote the consumption of locally produced produce. The cul-
tural image of Galway will be extended in the food domain through festivals celebrating
aspects of Galway food similar to the oyster festivals.
Significant levels of energy crops will be produced and wind farms will be commonplace.
Farmers, while guardians of the countryside, will be fully integrated into the tourist indus-
try – farm guesthouses, tourist animal farms, integrated walkways. Vibrant rural commu-
nities will be based on good planning, emphasising local service provision, quality
environment and inclusiveness. Local self-help will be the driving force in developing local
identity and quality of life.Although off-farm employment will continue to play a very sig-
nificant role in family incomes, this will be increasingly provided by local value added cre-
Participants in Agriculture Food & Rural Pillar
Michael Cuddy (Chair) Professor Emeritus, NUI, Galway
Padraic Divilly IFA and Farmer
Barry Donnelly IFA and Farmer
Brendan Dunford Burren Life Project
Maria Heneghan, Teagasc
Martin McGarrigle Environmental Protection Agency
Michael McMahon Department of Agriculture
Anne Mitchell IFA
Cathal O’Donoghue Teagasc
Séamus Sheridan Sheridan Cheesemongers
Professor of Economics, Emeritus, NUI, Galway
Director, GDSI, Galway
Professor Cuddy was Head of the Economics Department at NUI,
Galway for 25 years. His areas of research include regional and
rural development, agricultural policy and the economics of transi-
tion economies. He is an international consultant in development economics, primarily
through a Galway consulting company GDSI, of which he is a Director.
To-day’s preschool children and school pupils will be in mid career in the challenging
world of 2040.Their world will be a changed one with a new economic, demographic and
educational landscape. In that world Galway will have to compete with a thousand larger
cities and the comparative excellence of all its educational system will be the key factor
in that competition.
The 2040 Education Strand is an invitation and a challenge to the community, to parents
and young people, to theVECs, school authorities and teachers, to NUIG and GMIT to
adopt a common aspiration, ambition and determination to secure the economic, social
and cultural future of the Galway region through the internationally comparative per-
formance at all educational levels.
Issues to be discussed will include cognitive skills and overall mathematical achievement
as a basis for future skills, the promotion of multilingualism, the international standing of
NUIG, the collaboration of NUIG, GMIT and theVEC in addressing future skills, wealth
creation and building international links, the use of ICT in education and adult profes-
Participants in Education Pillar
Seán Mc Donagh (chair) Jim Ward
Bernard O’Hara Pat Fottrell
Seán Mc Donagh
Dr Seán Mc Donagh
former Director Institute if Technology Dundalk
former Lecturer in Mathematics NUIG
Member National Expert Group for Future Skill Needs 1997-2007
former Director Skills Initiative Unit.
In the past year he has been an invited speaker at the British Edu-
cational Studies Association and The National Education Confer-
ence, Bogota, Colombia.
4.2 Social Inclusion
The inclusion of every group in society in an initiative about designing a common future
seems very obvious.The reality is that it is all too easy to ignore the very people who
need inclusion the most, those at the margins, physically or psychologically.This initiative
is committed to hearing all possible voices. Everyone has a say, has a voice in how they
see the future of their city, county and region.
The Social Inclusion paper will kick off our collective discussion.We will look at a vision
for Galway city and county where every individual is cherished and has a place they call
home – not just a place to live.This implies a community in active care for all its citizens.
And under no circumstances will a person go hungry, for any reason.
We are looking at major demographic changes with many new people coming to our
shores, to our city and county.We need to consider how best to evolve our community
so that no group are ghettoised or excluded.We need to jealously guard one of the
greatest features of Galway – its ability to embrace and assimilate new people, to make
them feel welcome, to accept their contribution.
Education of course plays a huge role in the development of any society.We must make
sure all of our people have access to education throughout their lives.
Health and associated services will be world class in the Galway of 2040.We should be
determined that that is so.The researchers and clinicians of to-day are laying the founda-
tion for a level of wellness unsurpassed in history. Galway will be recognised as a place of
wellbeing. People will live longer. It must be our vision that they live healthy, psychologi-
cally and physically, fulfilled lives as well.Access to world class health care will be the
norm for all of our citizens, in the Galway of 2040.
Participants in Social Inclusion Pillar
Rachel Doyle, National Women’s Council of Ireland
Rachel is a member of the Senior Management Team NWCI and is responsible for the
management, development and implementation of the NWCI's outreach and support
programme to its affiliates and to the women's sector. She is also responsible for devel-
oping and maintaining relationships with strategic partners.