The Northern and Western Regional Assembly is crafting a vision for our region that is vibrant, connected, natural, inclusive and smart. Simply we have three clear objectives. The NWRA is working to create BETTER PLACES by adopting best practice in international spatial and economic development. Achieving COMPETITIVENESS by optimising EU and exchequer funding and harnessing the strengths of our ‘place’, through COLLABORATION.


Thanks @DavidMintonDire for the invite to this mornings @NWAssembly masterclass on regional leadership.

Some great insights & discussion with Alan Ahearne of the Whitaker Institute, Martin Shanahan & @johnbreslin on accelerating regional entrepreneurship.



Feeling inspired after a great day #nwmasterclass Hope all our speakers enjoy the @VoyaBaths on the hottest day of the year...@NWAssembly

@DavidMintonDire director of @NWAssembly chairing the final session of a very successful day in #Sligo #nwmasterclass #npf #rses

Dr Deirdre Garvey chairperson of @WDCInsights presenting at @NWAssembly #nwmasterclass, reference John Healy and #nobodyshoutedstop

Deirdre Garvey WDC speaking at #nwmasterclass Driving the Regional Agenda
@NWAssembly @WDCInsights @DavidMintonDire @ibec_irl #nwmasterclass @mauriceogorman @johnbreslin

Dr Deirdre Garvey, Chairperson of the Western Development Commission is now up at #nwmasterclass - and here are the three things she will focus on in terms of driving a regional agenda

@NWAssembly @WDCInsights

Interesting thoughts from @GerardBrady100 from @ibec_irl on what could be done from a tax perspective to support the regions and how to develop our towns differently #nwmasterclass

Positive visions for northern and western region @NWAssembly #nwmasterclass from @IDAIRELAND and @WDCInsights. Strong focus on technological university from @itsligo.

Refocus supports into the Irish regions that really need them. Love this slide from @GerardBrady100 - must look at the @BrookingsInst report on saving the heartland of the US - cc @NWAssembly @WDCInsights @DavidMintonDire @ibec_irl #nwmasterclass @mauriceogorman @GalwayChamber

Great talk from @GerardBrady100 #nwmasterclass - how can policy help businesses adapt in uncertain times - investment, supports, place-based priorities, upskilling, and adapting to technology change

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Better Places

Global economic conditions and national trends in population and employment changes are impacting our regions and communities in different ways. For the first time, Ireland will have integrated and aligned Planning Policy from local, to regional, to national.


The Regional Assembly enhances the region’s competitiveness by managing the Border, Midland and Western (BMW) Regional Operational Programme 2014-202


The NWRA has a unique regional perspective. Stretching across eight counties and one city (9 local authorities), nearly 1 million people, 45,000 businesses and boasting over 65,000 3rd level students.