Reply To: an taisce-and rumours of them going bust
That sounds reassuring,
What I would like to see is towns such as Portumna develop a greater population within their town centres.
Facilitating new commercial opportunities for services and shops.
The problem is that if a continuous ribbon development pattern emerged between Portumna and Loughrea at some point on the road closer to Portumna than Loughrea people would ignore Portumna and shop in Loughrea.
The Ideal situation is to concentrate populations in towns. Providing critical mass that provides better shops in the short term and in the longer term attracts investment and provides professional services opportunities.