Limerick has won two categories in the Financial Times fDi’s European Cities and Regions of the Future 2018/19. The report, created by fDi Intelligence, is a biennial publication which lists the top locations in Europe for attracting future inward investment.
Limerick placed first in the micro category for Top Ten European Cities of the Future. Cathy Mullan, Head of Research in the fDi Rankings, credited Limerick City and County Council for harnessing the investment potential of the city. Mullan also praised the Limerick 2030 initiative and the Limerick Twenty Thirty Strategic Development DAC for the city’s success in the rankings. Birmingham, Bordeaux and Debrecen ranked first for European City of the Future in the major European city, mid-size European city and small European city categories respectively.
Limerick also scooped best city in the Top Ten Micro European Cities for Business Friendliness category, placing above fellow Irish cities Shannon, Galway, Waterford and Drogheda.
Councillor Stephen Keary, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, greeted the news favourably. “I am delighted that Limerick is receiving international recognition which can only further boost the efforts to promote Limerick’s attractiveness as an investment location,” he said. University of Limerick (UL) President Dr Des Fitzgerald also applauded Limerick’s success, tweeting: “this is welcome news”.
Limerick was included in four other ‘top ten’ categories and ranked 16th in the Overall Top 25 European Cities of the Future.