Entries by WDC

United Nations AI for Good Conference Announced for Sligo

Trail blazers from the world of Artificial Intelligence alongside international and national policy makers will gather in Sligo for The ‘AIforGood Global Visions’ conference from 25th-27th March. The event which is fully supported and endorsed by the United Nations agency for Information and Communications (ITU), will be the first of this kind to be held […]

What do we know about electricity consumption in rural households?

The way we use electricity in our rural homes, and the opportunities for change, are important considerations for how we to transition to low carbon living.   Unlike heat and transport, there are few significant differences between urban and rural dwellers in the type and way we use our electricity, but it is useful to consider […]

Western Development Commission welcomes more than €16m for key projects along the Atlantic Economic Corridor 

€40m has been allocated to 26 projects nationally from the Regional Enterprise Development Fund. Ten of the projects, with a total value of more than €16m, are based along The Atlantic Economic Corridor. The Western Development Commission is supporting a number of these projects including Grow Remote, Comhoibriú and Future Mobility Campus Ireland. As a […]

Why do we travel? Distance to rural services and the need for rural journeys

Understanding the reasons rural dwellers travel is essential to ensuring we can take focused, effective, and fair climate action and aid a transition to low carbon rural regions. In this the second blog post examining data on travel and journeys in Western Region counties and rural areas, the need to travel to services, the distance […]

Rural Journeys and travel: what do we know about the Western Region?

Rural people are more reliant on car based transport, they have less available public transport and tend to travel greater distances.  Rural dwellers’ transport and travel patterns need to be central to our climate action planning. There must be detailed consideration of transport issues for smaller settlements and rural areas.  Following on from the posts […]

Western Development Commission Leading the Way on Blue Circular Economy

 The Western Development Commission (WDC) today announced an event to be held in the Aula Maxima Galway on January 22nd 2020 as part of the Blue Circular Economy project. The three-year programme is an international partnership including, amongst others the WDC, Technical University of Denmark, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the Centre for Sustainable Design® […]

Public Consultation on Transport and Sustainable Mobility Policy

Introduction The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has opened a public consultation to review Ireland’s sustainable mobility (active travel and public transport) policy. Sustainable Mobility refers to active travel, such as walking and cycling and public transport (e.g. bus, rail, tram). This review is part of a commitment in the Programme for Government to […]

Does a Rising tide lift all Boats? A look at the latest CSO data on Poverty and access to Services

The CSO released the latest data on Income and Living Conditions (Survey on Income and Living Conditions SILC) last week, see here. The headline figures indicate a continued rise in incomes between 2017 and 2018 which in turn was higher than the figures five years earlier, in 2012 (see earlier post on this here). This […]

Western Development Commission Marks 15 years of Investment in Cora Systems

Western Development Commission first invested in Cora Systems 15 years ago. Cora Systems is a global software company set up in 1999 headquartered in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim. Cora Systems now have regional offices in Dublin, Bedford (UK), New York and Arlington (VA). The Western Development Commission today celebrated 15 years of investment in global software […]

How are we doing? Annual earning in Western Region and other counties

Data on earnings of employees in different counties has just been released by the CSO, providing another important contribution to our understanding of local and regional economic development. Earnings Analysis Using Administrative Data Sources (EAADS) provides statistics on earnings for which the primary data source is the Revenue Commissioner’s P35L dataset of employee annual earnings […]