The Council for the West has once again raised concerns about the future of the Western Development Commission, which it sees as vital to the future well-being of the region and is asking for the wider community to get behind this campaign.
Speaking about the critical role of the WDC, Sean Hannick, Council for the West chairman, said that over the past decade and a half the WDC has delivered for this region jobs, infrastructural developments, and improved standards of living for the people who live here.
“It is worth noting that the WDC Investment Fund has invested over €36 million in 80 enterprises throughout the region, resulting in 1,200 jobs and an additional €130 million in private funding,” he added. “However, in 2010, the WIF exchequer funding was significantly reduced and if funding is not made available next year, the WIF’s full potential will not be realised. This will lead to a decline in enterprise development in the region not to mention jobs losses,” cautioned Mr Hannick
Citing another example of results delivered by the WDC on behalf of the region, Mr Hannick referred to LookWest.ie “This pioneering initiative has become the voice of Ireland’s Western Region with over 750,000 visits from people who want to make the west their home,” he stated.
“The Council for the West believes that the Western Region needs the WDC now more than ever. If investment is cut off when it is most needed, none of us can look forward to a viable region for our future generations. This is something everybody throughout the Western Region should be prepared to fight for with one cohesive voice,” he said.