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Balanced Regional Development

Balanced regional development – a key government objective – provides the basis for the WDC Policy Team’s work. The team publishes policy commentary and analysis on development issues for the Western Region.

The Western Region: Key Statistics

For instance, The Western Region: Key Statistics is a brief social and economic profile of the Western Region, giving data and trends on:

  • population
  • employment
  • education
  • income
  • enterprise
  • economic sectors and
  • infrastructure.

You can download The Western Region: Key Statistics here.

Moving West

Another recent study (Moving West: An Exploratory Study of the Social and Economic Effects of the Relocation of Public Sector Offices to Towns in the Western Region) looks at the impact the relocation of public service jobs had on two small Irish towns in terms of direct, indirect and induced employment and Gross Value Added (GVA).
The study also discusses why people choose to relocate, their experiences of relocation and the wider impact on each of the towns, highlighting that quality of life was the strongest motivator. The report underlines evidence from other WDC work that people working elsewhere value the chance to move, or return, to the Western Region.
You can download Moving West here.

Indicators, Balanced Regional Development and the National Development Plan 2007-2013

Following publication of the National Development Plan 2007-2013, the WDC compiled a series of indicators that can be used to help measure progress towards balanced regional development. The resulting report – Indicators, Balanced Regional Development and the National Development Plan 2007-2013 – sets out 19 indicators that give a snapshot of progress, and with timeseries data, provide an overview of trends.
You can download development Indicators, Balanced Regional Development and the National Development Plan 2007-2013 here.

Delivering Balanced Regional Development: A Challenge for Policy

The WDC’s Policy Conference Delivering Balanced Regional Development: A Challenge for Policy was held in May 2008. Keynote papers were delivered by leading policy-makers, academics and the WDC Policy Team.
You can download the conference proceedings here.

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’.

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  • 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 [...]

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  • The www.mycreativeedge.eu 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, [...]

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