Re: Re: Airports; how many state subsidised airports are required in Ireland
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[Mickeydocs: where are your figures for greater Cork growth rate of 12% that is not a very high figure, Limerick region grew that in the last census, not to mention Limerick city grew at 4% and Cork city has fallen pretty much every census in my time. On top of that, Limerick boundary is more complex than Cork. Anyway you Compare the figures to Greater Shannon, and the growth of Greater Cork. It will not be spectacular. Galway city has being growing at around 15% since the 90s
How do you arrive at the assumption that the Limerick boundary is more complex than Cork, because part of the growth area is in another county? How does that differ?
There are now more people living in the county area of greater Cork than in Cork City. Greater Cork, or metropolitan Cork, reflects areas in County Cork that are served by Cork County Council. These areas include Rochestown, Douglas, parts of Bishopstown and Model Farm Road,
Check out this report: http://www.cso.ie/census/documents/2006PreliminaryReport.pdf
Page 10 states that Cork was the fastest growing region in Munster at 11.4%, followed by Waterford (9.2%).
The fastest growing area of the fastest growing region in Munster is East Cork. Most of the growth in the second fastest growing region in Munster is in West Waterford. So Cork and Waterford would seem to be growing just as quickly as the so called N18 axis. So why not compare the N18 region with the N25 region that contains towns such as Midleton, Youghal, Dungarvan, not to mind mentioning Cobh.
The population of Greater Cork alone, ie Cork City and her suburbs have an estimated population of 250,000, which is far in excess of the combined greater populations of Limerick, Galway, Shannon, and Ennis.
The Shannon area has been over subsidised for over half a century. Luckily Europe has stepped in forced our lethargic government to take action. Shannon without the Transatlantic flights will be much lesser of an airport.
Cork on the othe hand is growing organically, without the need to serve as a cheap flights hub.
Have a good long look at the census and realise that most areas in our country are expanding rapidly, of course the east coast far more quickly than any where else. Realise that Limerick in not unique, and that it is not going to replace Cork as the second population hub any time soon. There is no comparison in the populations. Greater Cork is more than twice the population of greater Limerick.
But of course you will probably argue that the census is wrong because most of Limerick were at a match. By the way, who were the players that scored most of the points in Cardiff and where were they from 🙂