From adversity to advantage: why 2018 could be a turning point for the West of Ireland

Conference to discuss ambition and resilience of the west and why more people are seeking escape from overheating Dublin

European Entrepreneurial Region 2018 ambassador to be Supermacs founder Pat McDonagh

The West of Ireland is offering more and more families an escape from the pressures of Dublin with a lifestyle and career to match, according to the organisers of a major conference showcasing entrepreneurialism in the region.

And with increased infrastructure such as new motorways and connectivity being put in place, the West will soon offer a viable counter-weight to the economic might of Ireland’s Dublin and Eastern region.

The One Region: One Vision conference to be held in Galway on November 28, will focus on a burgeoning movement in the West of Ireland – a growing band of entrepreneurs, business people and risk takers.

And with the region’s designation by the EU as European Entrepreneurial Region 2018, the qualities of ambition and resilience will be discussed and debated by speakers and delegates.

The event is organised by the Northern & Western Regional Assembly, the body which administers European Union funding in the western region, and by the Western Development Commission (WDC), the agency responsible for economic development of the Western region

Speakers at the Salthill Hotel will include leading business figures and entrepreneurs including Harry Hughes, Portwest CEO and EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017.

The conference will hear that Dublin’s economic success has had an entirely unexpected impact on the West: it is potentially quickening the speed of economic development in rural Ireland as people seek an improved quality of life including cheaper housing and reasonable commuting times.

Conference attendees will include Westport-based Portwest CEO Harry Hughes, recently named the EY Entrepreneur of the Year for 2017 at the 20th annual awards in Dublin. The company, which he runs with his brothers Cathal and Owen, is a global safety provider that designs and manufactures specialist workwear.

Other confirmed speakers are John Breslin (co-founder Galway Innovation District), Group Technology Editor of Independent News & Media (INM) Adrian Weckler and Michelle Murphy, director of national recruitment agency Collins McNicholas.

NWRA Director David Minton said: “To be a great entrepreneur, you have to be a bit of a fortune teller, able to read the proverbial tea leaves and predict what your customers will want before they know they want it.

This conference, now in its second year, will showcase those people who do just that – the people who are job by job, enterprise by enterprise, helping to change the story here in the West of Ireland, helping to drive change and re-energise the region.

“More and more people are realising that not only is Dublin and the east becoming an unsustainably expensive place to live and grow families, it is also not prudent to rely on the capital to drive the national economic agenda. There needs to an alternative.”

Ian Brannigan, CEO of the Western Development Commission, said: “As we’re seeing in Ireland, local leadership and decision making is critical when it comes to creating economic growth and delivering jobs. We need to look to our communities to develop lasting growth for themselves and future generations.”

A key topic for discussion at the One Region: One Vision conference will be the EER 2018 designation. The ambassador for EER 2018 is to be Supermacs founder Pat McDonagh. Announced in Brussels by the EU’s Committee of the Regions, the award was given to the region because it has collectively developed policies that are transforming the area ‘from adversity to advantage’, in the process making it one of the most resilient and ambitious places in Europe.

NWRA director David Minton added: “This is an amazing honour and an opportunity for a part of Ireland that has been traditionally marginalised to emerge stronger and more attractive as a place to live and work for our young people. We are thrilled that an entrepreneur of the calibre of Pat McDonagh will be its ambassador.”.

Collins McNicholas director Michelle Murphy said: “The West is alive with innovative, creative, motivated and versatile entrepreneurs which is a truly amazing asset for our region in ensuring we keep our identity as a thriving, dynamic and attractive place to start and then grow a successful business.”

Registration is available on Eventbrite (One Region One Vision) and more information is available on www.nwra.ie and www.wdc.ie

MEDIA CONTACT: Ciaran Byrne at StoryLab on 01 685 3029

New WDC Insights publications: County Labour Markets

The Western Development Commission (WDC) has just published eight new WDC Insights publications.  Each examines the labour market of a Western Region county, with Galway City and County examined separately, based on data from Census 2016.

Each of the WDC Insights outlines the Principal Economic Status of the county’s adult population, compared with the State average, as well as the sectors where the county’s residents work and how this has changed since 2011.

Selected findings include:

  • Clare: Industry accounts for 15.5% of total employment among Clare’s residents compared with the state average of 11.4%.
  • Donegal: Employment in Accommodation & Food Service grew by almost 20% since 2011, compared with 13% growth nationally. The county has the third highest share working in the sector nationally.
  • Galway City: Information & Communications employs 6.1% of the city’s residents compared with a 4.5% national average. The sector grew 36% in the city between 2011 and 2016.
  • Galway County: 16.3% of Galway County’s residents work in Industry, the fourth highest share in the State. Employment growth in the sector since 2011 in Galway County (21%) was double the national average.
  • Leitrim: Health & Social Work is the largest employment sector in county Leitrim with 13.5% working the sector, greater than the 11.1% national average.
  • Mayo: Industry and Health & Social Work are both significantly more important employers in county Mayo than nationally and were the county’s two strongest growth sectors since 2011, up 14% and 16% respectively.
  • Roscommon: Health & Social Work experienced the strongest employment growth in Roscommon between 2011 and 2016 increasing by almost a quarter (24.4%).
  • Sligo: Sligo has the highest share of employment in the Health & Social Work sector in Ireland with 15.5% of Sligo residents working in the sector.

Examining the needs and issues of the Western Region through in-depth analysis is a key part of the work of the WDC.  This analysis of the labour market of each individual county should be useful for local authorities, community groups and businesses in each county in planning for the future. It is important that we more fully understand why some of the sectoral changes in employment are taking place in the western counties, and the impact that these are having.

All eight WDC Insights can be downloaded here

WRAP FUND DEVELOPMENT MANAGER VACANCY

Vacancy for Development Manager of WRAP Fund

Applications for the prestigious position of Development Manager for the WRAP Fund are currently being accepted. The Western Regional Audiovisual Producer’s Fund (The WRAP Fund ) is a financial mechanism to promote job creation in the region and to assist creative producers in the sector to overcome the challenges of operating in a highly competitive industry. The WRAP Fund will support enterprise growth in the following four sub sectors in the creative industry:

  • Film Production
  • Television Content Production
  • Animation Production
  • Content Production for Gaming

For more details and Job Description please visit our Vacancies section at  http://www.wdc.ie/about-us/vacancies/

 

 

 

New €2m film fund will encourage film, TV and game industry in the West of Ireland

New €2m film fund will encourage film, TV and game industry in the West of Ireland

  • WRAP Fund to cover the film, TV, animation and game sectors
  • The €2m fund will run over a three-year period
  • Aims to create 90 direct jobs in the Western Region

A new €2 million fund to encourage the film, television, animation and game industry in the West of the country is being launched today (Thursday, October 12) in Galway, the UNESCO City of Film.

It is estimated that this investment will create 90 direct additional jobs within the industry in the Western Region.

The Western Region Audiovisual Producer’s Fund — or WRAP Fund — is an initiative of the Galway Film Centre and the Western Development Commission (WDC).

It will run over a three-year period in association with the local authorities in the counties of Clare, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo.

The €2m WRAP Fund will be launched at the FÍS TV Summit in Galway this afternoon by Minister of State for Rural Affairs and Natural Resources, Seán Kyne.

Father Ted writer Graham Linehan is special guest at today’s FÍS Summit and one of the highlights of the day is an interview with the writer who is also behind hit television shows The IT Crowd and Black Books.

The Summit will also include a panel with the Director Generals of the main broadcasters in Ireland and another with funders from the world of video on demand (VOD).

The objective of the new WRAP Fund is to facilitate the development of, and investment in, film, television, gaming and animation projects in the Western Region.

It is hoped that it will increase the number of screen content production projects undertaken in the region, creating direct employment of 90 jobs.

As well as supporting local projects, it is hoped that the Fund will also help attract international production companies to the western region, having knock-on benefits for the wider economy and for future tourism to the region.

The WRAP Fund is aiming to support 15 development projects, with an expectation that at least 20 per cent of these would secure resources to go into full production. Around another 10 internationally funded co-productions will be supported in the region.

To be eligible for the fund, projects must demonstrate commercial potential and have a significant presence in the Western Region. The aim of investing in projects with commercial potential will allow the Fund to make a return on investment in order to create a legacy fund for future projects within the region.

Full details of the eligibility and how to apply will be available once the WRAP Fund is up and running early next year. Recruitment of a WRAP Fund Development Manager will begin in the next few weeks.

 Funding for the initiative has been ring-fenced by the WDC from its Revolving Evergreen Western Investment Fund. The local authorities in the counties involved will provide funding towards operational costs.

In the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs 2015-2017, a commitment was made under Action 144 to “develop and implement an action plan to support the film industry in Galway and the West Region and explore the potential for a Regional Film Fund”.

This plan was written by Galway Film Centre and Galway County Council, with the support of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, Galway City Council, Galway County Council, Mayo County Council and Roscommon County Council.

This commitment, together with the Galway Film Centre’s role as administrator of the Galway UNESCO City of Film, has created a perfect moment for the launch of the €2m WRAP Fund.

Galway also has the largest audiovisual industry outside Dublin with more than 600 jobs and an indigenous industry worth more than €72m annually to the local economy.

Sligo recently hosted the Premiere of ‘Halal Daddy’, a feature film shot on location in Sligo while Donegal’s Malin Head has become famous the world over after being featured in ‘Star Wars’. Telegael in Galway are in post-production on Ireland’s first stop-motion animation feature, ‘Captain Morten and the Spider Queen’. *(see note below) Other film makers – such as Johnny Gogan of Bandit Films, based in Leitrim — are shooting acclaimed work in the West.

The WDC believes that the creative sector is extremely important to the Western Region, which has a rich history of significant film and television activity. It has been working to develop the industry over the years through initiatives such as the WDC’s Creative Industries Micro Loan Fund and its work with EU projects such as MyCreativeEdge.

 

Seán Kyne, Minister of State for Rural Affairs and Natural Resources, said:  “I’m delighted to launch this €2 million WRAP fund at the FÍS summit here in Galway. The potential of the film, television and game industry for the West of Ireland has already been very well demonstrated by TG4 and a range of independent producers. I’m confident that this new WDC-backed fund will further develop this sector in the West bringing greater benefits in terms of job creation as well as for the creative industry. I look forward to seeing the results of the investments on our screens in the near future.”

Ian Brannigan, Acting CEO of the Western Development Commission (WDC), said:  “The WDC is very excited to be able to provide this funding to the audio visual sector. We think it has huge potential to increase sustainable employment within the sector as well as create opportunities to upskill crews working here. The benefits of the film industry to a region has been recognised for some time. As well as creating direct employment, there is an impact on the wider economy such as those providing food and accommodation during the shoots to the more long-term increase in tourism.”

Declan Gibbons, Manager of Galway Film Centre & Director of UNESCO City of Film, said: The WRAP Fund is a game changer for the audio visual and gaming sectors in the Western Region. Building on the UNESCO designation in 2014, Galway Film Centre is now delighted to partner with the WDC to roll out this fund in collaboration with all the local authorities concerned. This significant investment has the potential to provide increased content creation and continuity of work and is an immense boost to the wealth of screen talent in the region.”

For more information, please contact Martha Kearns at StoryLab on +353 87 2720212

Notes to Editor:

  • The Western Development Commission (WDC) is a statutory body promoting social and economic development in the Western Region. It was established in 1998 to cover counties Clare, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo.
  • Founded in 1989,Galway Film Centre (GFC) is a non-profit, members based organisation dedicated to the development of film as an artistic medium in the West of Ireland.
  • The WRAP Fund is an initiative of the Western Development Commission and Galway Film Centre in association with the local authorities in Clare, Donegal, Galway City, Galway County, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo.
  • The FÍS TV Summit is hosted by Galway Film Centre in association with TG4, the Western Development Commission, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Gréasán Na Meán, Screen Training Ireland, The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, RTÉ, GMIT, Creative Europe Galway, Mazars and the Arts Council.
  • *Stop-motion is an animation technique that physically manipulates an object so that it appears to move on its own.

Galway to host Ireland’s first Export Summit

EXPORT SUMMIT 2017- Local to Global

CLAYTON HOTEL GALWAY (9am-4pm) 9TH OF November 2017

 

‘Export Summit 2017- Local to Global’ was launched in County Buildings, Galway, this week as an initiative that aims to support companies that wish to either kick start or expand their export efforts.

The event is a collaborative undertaking by the Local Enterprise Offices of the West of Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Western Development Commission and the IDA.

Speaking at the event’s launch, Barry Egan of Enterprise Ireland had this to say:  “Enterprise Ireland’s strategy aims to support more Irish companies with global ambition to achieve greater scale and expand their global footprint. Our strategy aims to increase client company exports to €26 billion per annum by the end of 2020 with an ambitious target to grow the level of exports to over two thirds outside the UK over the period. The ‘Export Summit – Local to Global ’ will provide companies from across the West of Ireland with a valuable opportunity to examine the potential of a range of new markets and new strategies for growing their business. This is an important event in the Region’s business calendar.”

Export Summit 2017 will incorporate a panel discussion by local companies who have successfully grown their businesses from a local to a global market. Enterprise Ireland are providing overseas country managers to outline opportunities in key markets including the UK, Northern Europe and Germany.

The afternoon includes a series of interactive workshops and presentations by keynote speakers and experts in specific markets. Supported by financial, communication and talent management professionals the event allows delegates to share best practice on growing and developing a successful export business.

Keynote speakers with a proven track-record in high level international trading (such as Damien Costello of Synecco, James Murphy of Lifes2Good and Colm Feeney of SSL Logistics) will deliver instructive advice on how to access new markets in Europe and beyond.

Export Summit also affords attendees the opportunity to network with other exporting companies, and to access Government agencies such as Enterprise Ireland, the IDA and Local Enterprise Offices – all under one roof.

Breda Fox, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Galway outlined the importance of this event for any West of Ireland business considering immediate or eventual growth into overseas markets.

“This event is a wonderful opportunity for small and established businesses to meet experts and businesses that are successful in overseas markets. It will help those attending on the day to gather the knowledge and information about the supports available to help them expand into ever-expanding and increasingly competitive overseas markets”

 The event is open to all companies, either currently exporting or intend to export.

For registration and further information on Export Summit visit www.exportsummit.ie

or email info@exportsummit.ie.

What do people in the Western Region and its counties work at?

Recently the Western Development Commission (WDC) published two new WDC Insights publications examining the sectoral profile of employment in the Western Region of Ireland and its counties.

Both are based on an analysis of data from Census 2016 on employment by economic sector (industrial group).  The first looks at the sectoral pattern of employment in the Western Region as a whole compared with that elsewhere in the country, while the second focuses on the sectoral profile of employment in each of the seven individual counties in the Western Region.

What do people in the Western Region work at?

In 2016, 333,919 people living in the Western Region were in employment.  In comparison with the rest of the state, the Western Region relies more heavily on traditional sectors, public services and some local services while it has far lower shares working in knowledge intensive service (see Fig. 1).

Fig 1: Percentage of employment by each broad sector in Western Region and Rest of State, 2016. Source: CSO, Census 2016 – Summary Results Part 2 http://www.cso.ie/en/csolatestnews/presspages/2017/census2016summaryresults-part2/

The region’s largest sector is Industry (largely manufacturing) and it is considerably more important to the region’s labour market than in the rest of the state, a pattern that intensified between 2011 and 2016. Agriculture, Health, Education and Accommodation & Food service are other sectors that are more important in the region than elsewhere.

The knowledge intensive services sectors of Financial, Insurance & Real Estate, Information & Communications, and Professional, Scientific & Technical activities are all considerably larger employers elsewhere. Combined, they employ 9.7% of workers in the Western Region, but 16.2% in the rest of the state.

What do people in the seven western counties work at?

Public Services (Health, Education and Public Administration) is the largest source of employment in all western counties (see Fig. 2).  Counties Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon and Donegal are the four counties in the State with the highest shares of their population employed in Public Services.

Fig 2: Percentage of employment by each high level sector in seven western counties, 2016. Source: CSO, Census 2016 – Summary Results Part 2 http://www.cso.ie/en/csolatestnews/presspages/2017/census2016summaryresults-part2/

The next largest employment sector in all western counties is Locally Traded Services. With the exception of Donegal, Industry (largely manufacturing) is the third largest employment sector.   For Donegal, Industry is smaller than Knowledge Intensive Services (Professional, Scientific & Technical, Information & Communications, and Financial, Insurance & Real Estate).

Roscommon has the highest share working in Agriculture in the region, it along with Leitrim and Mayo have among the highest shares nationally.

As well as outlining the current structure of employment in the region and its counties, the change in employment by sector between 2011 and 2016 is examined in the two publications which can be downloaded here

Work is currently underway on producing profiles of the labour market of each of the individual western counties and these will be published shortly.

Pauline White

Graham Linehan special guest at International TV Summit

In the age of Video on Demand, with new ways of consuming content and ever tightening
budgets, is TV at a crossroads?
An interview with special guest Graham Linehan (Father Ted, The IT Crowd, Black Books), a
panel with the Director Generals of the main broadcasters in Ireland and another with funders
from the world of Video on Demand are some of the highlights of the FÍS TV Summit, hosted
by Galway Film Centre and taking place in Galway on October 12th.
The international summit is aimed at producers and content creators from throughout Ireland
and it will take place in the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill. The main focus of the summit is the
question: “In the age of Video on Demand, with new ways of consuming content and evertightening
budgets, is TV at a crossroads?” The event will also have a special strand
dedicated to discussing programming for young people.
Placing Ireland on the global stage, as a centre of excellence for media production is one of
the key pillars of the Government’s arts policy, and Galway UNESCO City of Film considers it
timely to discuss the current landscape with the heads of the main channels. Taking part in
the event are Dee Forbes (RTÉ), Alan Esslemont (TG4), Pat Kiely (TV3) and Peter Johnston
(BBC NI), who will discuss the challenges and opportunities they face in their roles and the
rapidly changing and evolving landscape of content creation.
One of the key changes in TV in recent is how audiences consume content and the related
economics arising from that, so there will be a special focus on VOD and the OTT (Over the
Top) sector, particularly Subscription VOD sector (SVOD), with an international panel of
speakers from Yaddo, Acorn TV, Rights Stuff and QYou. There will also be an opportunity for
attendees to arrange one-to-one meetings with the VOD speakers.
Young People’s Programming is an exciting area in Ireland at the moment, with many Irish
companies performing well globally. The Summit will focus on how to reach this next
generation of junior audiences with speakers from CBeeBies, RTÉ, TG4 and Paper Owl.
The day will be interspersed with networking lunches, receptions and one-to-one meetings for
producers.
This event is hosted by Galway Film Centre, in association with TG4, the Western
Development Commission, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Gréasán Na Meán, Screen Training
Ireland, The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, RTÉ, GMIT, Creative Europe Galway, Mazars
and the Arts Council.
Tickets to the event are available through Eventbrite
See also: http://www.galwayfilmcentre.ie
ENDS
For further information or interview requests, please contact:
Glenn Hogarty, glenn.hogarty@limelight.ie
FÍS TV SUMMIT Programme
9.45am – 11.15am: TV at a Crossroads: The Current TV Landscape
• TG4: Alan Esslemont
• RTÉ: Dee Forbes
• TV3: Pat Kiely
• BBCNI: Peter Johnston
• CHAIR: Betty Purcell
11.15am – 11.35am: TEA/COFFEE BREAK
11.35am – 1pm: VOD: Changing the Future of TV
• Yaddo -Lawrence Elman
• QYOU – Amory Schwartz
• Acorn TV – Shane Murphy
• Chair – Rights Stuff – Wendy Bernfeld
more speakers to be confirmed
1pm – 1.45pm NETWORKING LUNCH
1.45pm – 2pm: Lunchtime Newsflash – Section 481 with Mazars
2.30pm – 4pm: Programming for the Next Generation
• CBeeBies – Julia Bond, Commissioning Executive
• PaperOwl – Gráinne McGuinness, Producer
• RTÉ – Sheila De Courcy
• TG4 – Siobhán Ní Bhrádaigh
4pm – 4.15pm: TEA/COFFEE BREAK
4.15pm – 5.30pm: Interview with Special Guest
• Guest: Graham Linehan
• Chair – Billy McGrath, Sideline Productions
6pm: NETWORKING RECEPTION

Minister Micheal Ring, Minister for Community and Rural Development, addresses inaugural Board Meeting of the Western Development Commission in Ballaghaderreen

On Friday 8th September the inaugural meeting of the new Board of Directors of the WDC, which was recently appointed by Minister Micheal Ring, Minister for Community and  Rural Development, was held at the WDC Head Quarters in Ballaghaderreen.

Minister Ring addressed the meeting saying that “having an organisation that is focused on the development of the West of Ireland provides us with an opportunity which we must fully exploit”.

Minister Ring said: “The WDC has had some great success in helping to generate jobs and investment and I believe there is a lot more which can be achieved for the West of Ireland through the WDC.

“I have put in place a high quality board and I’m excited about the skills and experience they can bring. Today’s first meeting of the board represents a new chapter for the Western Development Commission.

“In the last three years, there have arguably been more changes in the regional development arena than in the preceding ten years.  An early challenge for the incoming Board will be to review the Commission’s position in the changed landscape and consider how best it can pursue its core objectives and make a wider contribution in the context of these new structures. I am looking forward to working more closely together to ensure that we have a shared vision for economic and social development in the West and that our objectives are aligned.”

Acting CEO of the WDC, Mr. Ian Brannigan welcomed the new Board Members and in particular the Chairperson Dr. Deirdre Garvey who is a returning member from the previous board.   Mr. Brannigan said:  “On behalf of the whole WDC team we look forward to working with you all to increase the impact of our regional development remit in the western region.”

Mr. Brannigan also congratulated Minister Micheal Ring on his new appointment under a new Department. “I am delighted to have a Minister for Community and Rural Development in the West.  I am positive that the board and staff of the WDC together with the Department, we can make a difference in progressing the economic and social development of the Western Region.”

The Chair of the new board Dr. Deirdre Garvey said: “I am delighted to chair the new board of the WDC. Since its formation in 1998, the WDC has played a significant role in the economic and social development of this region.  The analysis of 2016 census data highlights the challenges facing this region, some on-going and some new. However, there is also great opportunity in this region to develop a sustainable competitive advantage building on the strengths of the region. The WDC has sought to build a capability and capacity for future growth. I look forward to working with the new board, the WDC staff and our regional stakeholders on the economic, social and cultural development of the region. We look forward to working with Minister Ring and the Department and welcome his commitment in the Programme for Government and the role of the WDC.”

Ends

For further information please contact:

Ian Brannigan, Acting CEO
Western Development Commission
086 6048012
094 9861441

info@wdc.ie

Notes to editors on the Western Development Commission (WDC)

The WDC is the statutory body promoting economic and social development in counties Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

The WDC’s strategic goals are:

  1. Contribute to balanced regional development by ensuring that the Western Region maximises its full potential for economic and social development.
  2. Promote the benefits of living, working and doing business in the Western Region.
  3. Support the sustainable economic and social development of the rural economy.
  4. Provide risk capital to SMEs and social enterprises.

www.wdc.ie and www.lookwest.ie

 

 

Employment by Sector in the Western Region & its counties

The Western Development Commission today (6 Sept) published two new WDC Insights publications:

Both are based on an analysis of data from Census 2016 on employment by economic sector (industrial group).  The first looks at the sectoral pattern of employment in the Western Region as a whole compared with that elsewhere in the country, while the second focuses on the sectoral profile of employment in each of the seven individual counties in the Western Region.

Some of the main findings are:

  • Total employment in the Western Region grew by 7.5% between 2011 and 2016; substantially less than the 11.8% growth experienced by the rest of the state.
  • Five of the six counties in the country with the lowest employment growth are located in the Western Region.  Sligo had the smallest employment growth nationally.
  • The region had stronger employment growth than elsewhere in four sectors (Industry, Health, Transport & Storage and Other Services) but performed less well in the other ten sectors with declining employment in Financial services, Public Administration, Agriculture and Wholesale & Retail.
  • The Western Region and its counties tend to rely more on traditional sectors, public services and some local services while it has far lower shares working in knowledge intensive services, though these are growing in the region with the exception of Financial.
  • Public Services (Health, Education and Public Admin) is the largest area of employment in all western counties with Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon and Donegal having the highest shares working in Public Services nationally.
  • Industry was the best performing sector in four of the seven western counties (Leitrim, Galway, Roscommon and Mayo). Knowledge services grew strongly in Donegal with Administrative & Other Services the best performing in Clare and Sligo.  Agriculture was the poorest performer in all counties but Sligo.

Both publications can be downloaded here

Minister Ring Appoints 11 New Board Members to the Western Development Commission

The WDC welcomes the appointment of a new Board by Minister Micheal Ring, Minister for Rural and Community Development.

The following members were appointed  on 18th August 2017:

 

Dr. Deirdre Garvey                   Senior Lecturer,  Mayo Campus, GMIT

Mr.  Ian Barrett                         MD, Care About You; former MD Resilience Healthcare

Mr. Noel Brett                           CEO, Banking & Payments Federation Ireland; ex-CEO Road Safety Authority

Professor Mary P. Corcoran    Head of Dept. of Sociology, Maynooth University

Mr. Michael Frain                     MD, First Class Office, Co. Roscommon

Mr. Gerry Finn                           Former Directory of the Border and Western Regional Assembly

Mr. John Kelleher                     Head of Department, Computing and Creative Practices, Sligo IT

Mr. Christy Loftus                     Retired Communications Advisor and journalist

Mr. Henry McGarvey                Secretary/Financial Controller, LYIT;   former MD, Pramerica Systems Ireland

Ms. Auveen O’Neill                   MD, AO Business Consultants; former mentor for Enterprise Ireland

Ms. Yvonne Shields                  CEO, Commissioner of Irish Lights; non-Executive Director, SmartBay Ltd;

 

See full Press Statement here:  http://www.merrionstreet.ie/en/News-Room/Releases/Minister_Ring_appoints_new_Board_to_the_Western_Development_Commission.html