As a publicly funded body, one of the WDC’s key roles is to make sure that public investment in the development of the Western Region is effective and that it brings both a regional and a national dividend.
To ensure this, the WDC’s Policy Team:

  • Carries out and publishes research on regional and rural issues, such as transport, telecommunications and energy infrastructure, enterprise and employment, town development, travel to work, indicators and impact measurement.
  • Responds to requests for policy submissions in areas relevant to Western development and in areas where the WDC has expertise.
  • Provides a regional perspective to the work of public policy bodies such as government departments and agencies, the Information Society Commission, the AgriFood 2010 and AgriFood 2015 Think Tanks, the National Statistics Board, County Development Boards.
  • Participates on various advisory committees (for example, Forfás).
  • Hosts, and contributes to, conferences, seminars and policy briefings on a variety of issues relevant to both regional and national development.

Recent News

  • A recent appeal made by the Chairman of Ireland West Airport Knock [IWAK], Joe Kennedy, has been the subject of significant narrative within the Western region. Mr. Kennedy, whose support in furthering both philanthropic and economic initiatives is widely recognised, directed a public appeal to An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny at a recent function, to [...]

  • Creative/Artistic Programme Awards
    The Western Development Commission on behalf of the Steering Group for Yeats 2015 invites artist(s), creative individuals, organisations to express their interest in applying for funding to develop creative, artistic, innovative and contemporary programme elements which will form part of the national celebration of W.B. Yeats in 2015.
    Application Forms for this Award are [...]

  • The Western Development Commission (WDC) has issued a ‘Request for Quotation’ for the development of a website specifically focused on the year-long Yeats 2015 celebration. The tender call opened on the 30th of July and will close on the 22nd of August, after which time, selected proposers will be invited for interview.
    The WDC, [...]