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The board of The Western Development Commission met yesterday (Tuesday 19th November) at Shannon Airport to discuss progress on their recently announced strategy ‘Work Smarter, Live better’ and to discuss the impact of The National Broadband Plan on western counties.

CEO of The Western Development Commission Tomás Ó Síocháin said ‘This is a significant step forward toward the vision of Ireland 2040 to rebalance regional development. This is a long-term commitment to allow rural and regional areas to engage in society on an equal footing with other areas. In the short term, the WDC, through the work of the Atlantic Economic Corridor, are leading the development of a network of hubs all along the Atlantic coast.’

CEO, Shannon Group Mary Considine said  “We are delighted to welcome the Western Development Commission CEO and Board to Shannon Airport. With Project Ireland 2040 aspiring to deliver 75% of growth in areas outside the capital, the need for collaboration and joined-up thinking to maximise all opportunities has never been more crucial. We look forward to working closely with the Western Development Commission and all stakeholders to develop opportunities to enhance our offering and the reputation of the western regions as a place that people will want to live, work, learn, invest and spend leisure time,” she said.