Entries by WDC

Blue Circular Economy is among the finalists of the REGIOSTARS Award 2020

The Regiostars are Europe’s award to EU-funded projects that demonstrate excellence and new approaches in regional development. This year the REGIOSTARS received a record 206 submissions and Blue Circular Economy is among the 25 finalists. This three-year programme is an international partnership between our team at the Western Development Commission, Technical University of Denmark, Norwegian […]

CitySwift raises an additional €2m with investment from The Western Development Commission creating 25 new jobs

CitySwift, the Galway-based transport data company transforming the operations and passenger experience of public transport, has closed a funding round of €2m bringing funding to date to €3.5m. This round was led by the Western Development Commission, Irelandia Investments, Act Venture Capital, Enterprise Ireland, Mike McGearty (former CEO of CarTrawler), and other notable Irish transport […]

Minister Canney announces €300,000 to support enterprise hubs to reopen along the Atlantic Economic Corridor.

Sean Canney T.D., Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development, today (22nd June) announced an investment of €300,000 for enterprise hubs along the Atlantic Economic Corridor to help them implement measures to reopen in compliance with public health guidelines as the economy recovers from the impact of COVID-19. The investment will […]

WRAP Fund set to Generate more than €16m spend across the West of Ireland

The Western Region Audiovisual Producer’s Fund or WRAP Fund today announced a number of new projects which are expected to generate in excess of €16.8m across the West. The Fund also marked a significant year of growth with a number of high-profile productions. Set up to enhance the level of production across the film, television […]

Remote Working in Ireland During Covid-19 – Initial Findings from WDC/NUIG Survey

Introduction The WDC in partnership with Whitaker Institute NUIG has just published initial findings of its survey Remote Working in Ireland During COVID-19, see here. These are the summary results from the national survey of 7,241 individuals across a wide range of industries and occupations over a one-week week period in April-May 2020. This is […]

Survey Shows 83% Want to Continue to Work Remotely After Covid-19 Crisis

A recent survey by researchers from the Whitaker Institute at NUI Galway and the Western Development Commission (WDC) has shown that 83% expressed interest in continuing to work remotely.  Over half of those surveyed (51%) had never worked remotely before the Covid-19 pandemic. Of those who had never worked remotely, 78% would like to work […]

Working from Home – What are the Regional Patterns?

Introduction In a recent blogpost I examined the data on working from home and the trends that have occurred up to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. The data over the last two decades suggest that there may be a correlation between economic growth, unemployment levels and the numbers working from home. So, for example, […]

Business Sectors and Employment in the Western Region: Exploring some potential impacts of the Covid 19 shock

While the detail and scale of the consequences of the Covid-19 containment measures are not yet clear, it is useful to consider, using available data, how the Western Region might be impacted.  There are many unknowns including in relation to the duration of the public health emergency and the speed and extent to which jobs […]

The eagerly-anticipated Irish thriller Calm With Horses got it’s digital release today

The eagerly-anticipated Irish thriller Calm With Horses got it’s digital release today April 27th after its cinematic release was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Adapted from the story by Mayo’s Colin Barrett and directed by Nick Rowland, Calm With Horses sees the enigmatic Barry Keoghan play Dympna Devers alongside rising stars Niamh Algar and Cosmo […]