Smart Atlantic Way: roadmap to a smarter future in the West of Ireland launched

A ground-breaking new report was launched by the Western Development Commission and the Insight Centre for Data Analytics in the Council Chamber in Roscommon. The report entitled “Smart Atlantic Way – A Roadmap towards a Smart Region”, does exactly what it suggests. It provides a roadmap for a Smart Region along Ireland’s Atlantic Coast.

There are 5 main pillars described in the report:

Priority 1: Smart Regional Observatory
Priority 2: Data Infrastructure and Services
Priority 3: E-Governance
Priority 4: Smart Business Network
Priority 5: Smart Communities

The report was officially launched by Ivan Connaughton the Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council. Mathieu D’Aquin, the head of Insight in NUI Galway and lead author of the report presented on behalf of Insight and Clodagh Barry presented on behalf of the Western Development Commission. Others involved in the launch included, Stephen Brennan – Ireland’s Chief Digital Advisor, Jeremy Millard – European eGov advisor, Adegboyega Ojo – Head of eGov at Insight, Niall Connolly – NUI Maynooth and All Ireland Smart Cities Forum, Carmel Austin – Mayo County Council GIS Officer, Niall Ó Brolcháin, Lukasz Porwol and Umair ul Hassan all from Insight in NUI Galway. Over 100 people were registered to attend the launch both in a packed council chamber and online.

According to Mathieu D’Aquin, “Our Smart Region in the North-West of Europe has great assets that can be used to make it compete with the most advanced economies in Europe and the World. This will require time, leadership, commitment and investment.”

“Designing and implementing a Smart Region capability in the West of Ireland is a key step to addressing disparity and distance issues facing non-urban environments”, according to Ian Brannigan (Head of Regional Development WDC). “The integration of the internet of things with cost and labour saving physical devices will go a long way to unlocking potential in the Region. As such the Western Development Commission is excited to work with regional stakeholders, including the Insights centre for data analytics to initiate the steps to ensure the West of Ireland Region achieves its aim to become the Smart Atlantic Way”, said Ian Brannigan.

“I am delighted to send my best wishes to the attendees at the launch of the report, Smart Atlantic Way – A Roadmap towards a Smart Region in Roscommon today. I look forward to working closely with the WDC and other organisations as we strive to develop a smart region that will be of benefit to us all”, said Oliver Daniels, CEO Insight Centre for Data Analytics.

“As the new CEO of the Western Development Commission I see today’s launch in Roscommon of the report, Smart Atlantic Way – A Roadmap towards a Smart Region as a key plank in the platform for future growth across the region. This roadmap offers the opportunity to enable sustainable decision making at all levels, and in the longer term will build a dynamic skills base that will facilitate balanced regional development both within the region and against benchmark comparator regions across the world”, said Tomás Ó Siocháin, CEO Western Development Commission.

The full report is available at

A video of the launch is available online at