Expanding business into Heartlands region may reduce wage bills

Local Minister, Deputy Denis Naughten, has called on Dublin based companies looking to expand to consider creating jobs in Ireland’s Heartlands which offers employees a better lifestyle with lower costs, while remaining accessible to Dublin.

“Not only are we now looking at the town of Athlone rapidly developing into one of the key European software hubs, but there is also ample office accommodation now available in towns like Roscommon.

“Furthermore, new innovative office hubs are being developed in Ballinasloe, Longford and Boyle, which provide a wide range of solutions for those wishing to expand into our region.

“With the Abrivia Trinity College salary survey showing that 44.5 percent of employees would take a pay cut of up to 10 percent to leave the capital, this is now an ideal time to see what Ireland’s Heartlands region has to offer,” the Deputy remarked.

As part of the new Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands tourism brand, a vast range of social and outdoor activities are being enhanced which makes the region a far more attractive place in which to live and raise a family.

This includes the cycle greenway from Dublin docklands right into the centre of the Heartlands region of Westmeath, Roscommon, East Galway, Offaly and Leitrim.

“The objective of creating a hub in Athlone as the central town in the Heartlands region and using that to bring more investment into the surrounding towns of Tullamore, Mullingar, Roscommon and Ballinasloe is clearly set out in the Government’s Project Ireland 2040. Employers who are proactive have an opportunity to secure a foothold in the region and use it as an additional offering to both retain and attract new talent,” Deputy Naughten concluded.

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