The West needs an engine like the Shannon Group to drive economic and social progress if the region isn’t to fall hopelessly behind Dublin. That was the message from business leaders in Claremorris, after the south Mayo town scooped the ‘Best in Connacht-Ulster’ trophy at the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town Awards.
“The State needs to think bigger, move faster and act fairer – no more task forces, steering groups or implementation committees. We need an agency, like the Shannon Group, to put a rocket under the region,” said Patrick Broderick, president of Claremorris Chamber of Commerce.
Claremorris was one of four places in the west and north-west to win – Ennis, Galway and Letterkenny were also honoured at the awards.
“The success of the regions at the Enterprise Town Awards proves that despite the view of many Dublin-based economists, people want to live and work in the regions. To get infrastructure, we need an agency to roll up assets, resources and responsibilities – and it has to be navigated locally by enterprising individuals who are focused on delivering economic benefits for the region," continued Mr Broderick.
“Claremorris Chamber, on behalf of all of its businesses and community organisations, is delighted to win the Connacht-Ulster section of the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town Awards. This victory is an endorsement of the work of individuals and communities in the area. We would like to thank all whose input made this win possible."