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Planning Across Boundaries in a Changing Context (1)

A Joint RTPI Ireland and RTPI Northern Ireland Event

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 at 10:00AM - 3:00PM
Ballymascanlon Hotel, Ballymascanlon, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland
£50/ €50


The onset of Brexit, relatively new arrangements on planning in Northern Ireland and the development of a new National Planning Framework in Ireland present challenges and opportunities for planning across the border nationally and locally.This conference will explore the anticipated implications North and South of the Border. What will it mean for strategic infrastructure projects? How will Councils on the border be affected? How will transboundary applications be handled? What are the wider sector consequences?


10.00 Registration and coffee

10.30 Welcome by John Downey, Chair RTPI Ireland

Session 1: Spatial Planning

10.40 Niall Cussen, Principle Planner, Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Irish Government

11.00 Catherine McEvoy, Principal Planning Officer, Department for Infrastructure, Regional Planning Unit, Northern Ireland

11.20 Question and Answer Session

Session 2: Connecting Locally .

11.30 Local level co-operation – Michael Gallagher, Derry City and Strabane Council

11.50 Local level co-operation – Eunan Quinn, Senior Planner, Donegal County Council

12.10 Panel Discussion

12.30 Lunch

Welcome from Beverly Clyde, Chair RTPI Northern Ireland

Session 3: Transboundary Effects of Brexit

1.35 European Experiences of transboundary working - Cliff Hague, freelance consultant and Professor Emeritus of Planning and Spatial Development at Heriot-Watt University

1.55 The challenges for legislation and legislators - Andrew Ryan, Partner, Head of Energy, Environment & Planning, TLT Solicitors

2.20 Post-Brexit Landscape in Ireland and UK - Gavan Rafferty, Lecturer in Spatial Planning and Development, Ulster University

2.45 Effects on Public Confidence and Delivery of Major Infrastructure - Sheila Davidson, Partner Emeritus Communications

3.05 Panel Discussion

3.30 Conference close


This event cost £50/ €50

To book for this event go to or members from Northern Ireland can contact directly.

If you would be interested in car sharing to the venue please contact either (for members from Northern Ireland) or (for members from Ireland)