Strengths of the West

Strengths and Opportunities of the west as outlined in action plan for jobs

  • A strong ecosystem of both indigenous and multinational companies operating across a diverse range of sectors, with particular strengths in the MedDevice/BioMed and ICT sectors.  The West is the hub of a globally recognised MedTech cluster, employing the highest per capita of Medical Technology personnel in Europe.  
  • A growing cluster of Lifesciences/Pharmaceutical companies, especially in Mayo and Roscommon, while Galway is becoming a major technology hub, particularly around internet and collaborative working technologies.
  • A spirit of innovation and collaboration, coupled with a high level of self-employment and entrepreneurship, including in the Creative Industries.
  • Good physical and digital infrastructure and a business environment that is competitive and fit for purpose.
  • Strong educational and research institutions, notably through NUI Galway and Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), with a large, well-educated young talent pool available to companies. 
  • Excellent collaboration between public bodies in the region (e.g. Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, LEOs, local authorities, NUI Galway, GMIT, Fáilte Ireland, Údáras na Gaeltachta, Western Development Commission,  InterTradeIreland, WestBIC, etc.) that can be built upon to support job creation.
  • Leading-edge knowledge and test-bed facilities for marine technology and ocean energy research.
  • Significant tourism and cultural assets, which includes a large section of the Wild Atlantic Way as well as the Shannon River and Lakelands. 
  • An attractive location for quality of life, with an abundance of natural amenities.


The key objectives of the action plan for jobs for the region build on these strengths and areas of opportunity.  The regional skills forum is a significant partner in progressing these plans.