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New analysis shows 44,000 empty homes and other buildings in the West, North West and Border counties despite Ireland’s ongoing housing crisis

  New figures published today show there are more than 44,000 homes and commercial properties either vacant or derelict in the West, North West and Border area of Ireland, with 72% of the region’s towns and villages recording a residential vacancy rate above the State average of 4.9%. Small towns and villages in the West, […]

New Report Calls For More Support For SMEs in the North and West

Chairperson of the NWRA, Cllr Christy Hyland has led calls for Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar to consider these findings. Northern and Western Region, only region in Ireland classed as a, moderate innovator SMEs in the North and West slowest to recover from impact of Covid-19 It is imperative that […]

NTA’s “Connecting Ireland” initiative will be key to implementing the RSES

NTA’s “Connecting Ireland” initiative will improve transport connectivity in the region To what degree it will fully address the region’s transport challenges remains to be seen Further regional and local transport proposals will be required to address these issues The NTA’s “Connecting Ireland” initiative aims to improve transport connectivity across Ireland, particularly for people living […]

Offshore wind energy crucial to economic recovery in the Northern and Western Region

  The “Offshore Renewable Electricity Support Scheme” key to revitalising the region’s economy The region is uniquely positioned to support the growth of Ireland’s offshore wind energy sector “Community Benefit Funds” should not be managed by a national body Recently, the Government closed its public consultation on the first “Offshore Renewable Electricity Support Scheme”, with […]

NWRA Assist Irish Partners secure over €1.2m Interreg Funding.

In a response to a ‘Bridging Call’ which was launched by the Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) Programme in August of this year, 13 Irish organisations including Public, Private and non-profit bodies have successfully secured funding for an additional 15 projects worth over €1.2m. The projects have a range of innovative goals, from turning […]

Next phase of O’Connell Street works to start early in New Year

This is the second phase of a project which commenced with a pedestrian priority zone at the heart of Sligo town Thanks to the EU, the historic street has more space than ever, creating a more accessible and attractive town centre for pedestrians and local businesses alike. The enhancements have transformed the street with newly […]

Alignment between the RSES and the National Development Plan (NDP)

At the Assembly’s November meeting, John Daly – Economist with the Northern and Western Regional Assembly – examined the degree to which the NDP aligns with the RSES. In this regard, the presentation examined the degree to which the NDP aligns with: The Galway Metropolitan Area Strategic Plan. The Letterkenny Regional Growth Centre Strategic Plan […]

We need more local and regional leadership to address Climate Change

We need more local and regional leadership to address Climate Change Greta Thunburg shouted outside COP26, ‘leadership won’t come from inside the building but from the people outside’. She was right. Local leadership is key to addressing climate change challenges. In fact, our communities have been progressing ahead in a vacuum of political leadership.  As […]

Trinno Project Virtual Interregional Event

Partners in the Interreg Europe co funded Trinno Project gathered this week for our first Virtual Interregional Event. The Irish Project Partners; the NWRA and Westbic were joined by International Partners from Italy, Hungary, Slovenia and Spain. Also at the event were the Irish Local Enterprise Office Stakeholders from Leitrim, Longford, Roscommon and Cavan. This […]