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

  • 43.5% of rural dwellers work in urban areas while 37% work in rural areas. For the rural population, commuting to jobs in urban centres is the most important source of employment. That is according to a new Western Development Commission (WDC) Policy Briefing published today, ‘Commuting to Work: Rural Dwellers, Urban Jobs’.

  • Investment will fund development of a new seed roasting and R&D facility in Sligo and create 25 new jobs
    Good4U, the award winning Sligo based health food company, has secured a €1 million investment in a funding round from Western Development Fund, Enterprise Ireland, AIB and internal investment from the company.

    The €1 million investment, combined with [...]

  • The website has just hit a key milestone with 300 creative people and businesses now showcasing their work and talent on the site. And with 30,000 visits since its launch in June, there’s clearly a strong demand for the West’s creativity.
    Developed by the Western Development Commission (WDC) through the inter-regional Creative Edge project, [...]