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Ireland’s best places competition launched

Words: Laura Edgar
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RTPI Ireland has launched a competition to discover the country’s best place.

The institute is asking the public to take part in the competition to celebrate some of Ireland’s most attractive and inspiring places.

Finding Ireland’s best place follows successful iterations of the competition in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England.

Eoghan Murphy TD, minister for housing, planning and local government, said: “Planning and place-making go hand in hand. After all, planning is fundamentally about people and their places. It is about creating quality places for people to live and interact in. It is about accommodating the needs of all our citizens by planning for functional and liveable homes, communities, towns, cities and regions and environments.

“I am delighted that the RTPI have decided to recognise the many fantastic places that we are so lucky to have on this island – places that are enhanced further by our culture, our history, our landscapes, and most importantly our people. I look forward to seeing the nominations as they come in – it’s only a shame we have to limit the winners to the top 10!”

John Acres MRTPI, president of the RTPI, said that Ireland’s and the public’s favourite place could be a new community, a regeneration area, a natural landscape or national park. He said there “is not single definition of a best place”.

Any member of the public can nominate their best place in Ireland. Nominations can be submitted until 8 June, after which a panel of judges will then shortlist the top 10 from which the public will vote for a winner.

To nominate:

Read more:

Dundee Waterfront crowned Scotland's Best Place

Liverpool Waterfront voted England’s Greatest Place

Public votes Aberaeron as Wales’s Best Place

Derry/Londonderry’s historic centre crowned NI’s Best Place

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