More Must be Done to Improve Dublin's Quality of Life

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By Chamber Press Office, 20 March 2018

Solving the housing crisis will be key to Dublin moving up the Mercer quality of life rankings, according to Dublin Chamber.

The Chamber was reacting to the release today of Mercer's 2018 Quality of Life Survey, which ranks Dublin as the 34th best city in the world in which to live.

The Chamber said the ranking provides a timely reminder of the areas in which Dublin must improve if it is to become a more attractive place in which to live and work.

Dublin Chamber said the ranking was a generally positive sign, with Dublin coming in ahead of all other UK and Irish cities. However, the Chamber said Dublin will continue to trail the best European cities - such as Vienna, Copenhagen and Amsterdam - until the city's housing issue is corrected and our transport infrastructure is brought up to speed.

Dublin Chamber CEO Mary Rose Burke said: "Understanding how Dublin ranks against its competitors means we can prioritise actions to improve the city's atrractiveness as a place to live. The Mercer rankings provide a timely reminder of where Dublin stands against the European and international city regions that it competes with on a daily basis for investment and talent."

Dublin Chamber has made improving Dublin's quality of life a key component of its new 2018 to 2021 strategy.

Ms Burke said: "Quality of life has never been more important for people. When companies are identifying what city to base themselves in, a key criterion is now the standard of quality of life that is on offer to employees. The best companies are now moving to where the best talent is located. In turn, the best workers want to live where a high quality of life is on offer. This typically means a city that is affordable, easy to get around and that has a plentiful and affordable supply of housing. It has never been easier for workers to move around the world. The truth is, if they  can't get the quality of life they crave in Dublin, top talent, and in turn employers, will simply go elsewhere."