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Updated: 07/11/17 : 07:27:54

Minister chairs Sligo meeting of Atlantic Economic Corridor Taskforce

The Building Block - Sligo
Minister for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development and Fine Gael TD for Galway West and Mayo South, Seán Kyne TD yesterday, Monday 6 November, welcomed the progress being made in realising the Atlantic Economic Corridor (AEC).

Minister Kyne chaired the latest meeting of the AEC Taskforce in the Building Block, Sligo. The Building Block is an enterprise space in the centre of Sligo Town which provides business facilities for local start-up companies and international firms wishing to establish an Irish base.

Based on a concept from the Chambers of Commerce in the West, the Atlantic Economic Corridor is aiming to create a ‘city of scale’ along the West Coast from Limerick and Clare through to Galway, Mayo and Roscommon to Sligo and Donegal to match Dublin and Cork in developing infrastructure, attracting investment, nurturing innovation and growing jobs and wealth in vibrant communities.

Since its launch, the AEC has become government policy and recently the Taoiseach, with the approval of Cabinet, appointed Minister of State Kyne as the minister responsible for its development.

Speaking in Sligo Minister Kyne welcomed the commitment of the members of the Taskforce and recognised the crucial work being undertaken to realise the concept of the Atlantic Economic Corridor. Commented the Minister:

“The idea of the Atlantic Economic Corridor came out of the vision and experience of the Chambers of Commerce in the West including the Chambers of Commerce of Limerick, Shannon, Ennis, Galway, Roscommon, Mayo, and Sligo and the American Chamber of Commerce.

“We must look to our strengths in the West, Mid-West and North West regions and, in working together with the business community, key Government Departments, public bodies, Third Level Institutions, and the wider community, build a cohesive and innovative environment in which the West can thrive.

“The Atlantic Economic Corridor features in the draft Ireland 2040 Plan and is a central part of both the Government and the Department of Rural and Community Development’s policy for securing sustainable and structured development right along the West Coast which will benefit the entire country including the West of Ireland.”