The WDC was set up in response to public pressure to help tackle the massive population decline the Western Region.
Set up in the late 1990s, the Western Development Commission (WDC) was a government response to intense public pressure to help tackle the massive population decline the Western Region of Ireland had endured over many years.
The scale of this decline, coupled with the region’s peripheral location and weak infrastructure, resulted in little investment being attracted to the West. The resulting lack of job opportunities and widespread emigration led to the setting up of the Western Development Commission (WDC) in 1997 on a non-statutory basis.
The WDC has been hugely successful in responding to the challenge:
- It has been the only agency with the remit to develop and facilitate regional strategies.
- It has been the only agency with the remit to advise national government on policy changes vital for the West.
- It has been able to support local businesses with expertise and with investment from the unique Western Investment Fund (WIF).