Robert Troy TD – host and organiser of the Business in the Midlands event which takes place on Friday, November 25 at the Mullingar Park Hotel.
Michael O’Leary, the CEO of Ryanair, will address a special ‘Business in the Midlands’ breakfast briefing in Mullingar next Friday with more than 400 local business leaders and other stakeholders in attendance.
Mr O’Leary, who lives in Westmeath, is a long-time supporter of enterprise in the midlands. He is expected to speak about the attractiveness and benefits of the region to potential business investors, as well as addressing his own experiences and his high-profile career with the airline.
The event has been organised by Robert Troy TD, who serves the constituencies of Longford-Westmeath and who says it is vital for business groups in the midlands to mobilise and promote the unique benefits of the region.
“This event is going to be an unprecedented show of purpose on the part of the midlands business community,” said Deputy Troy. “There is a lot of talk about economic recovery and uplift, but on the ground, in towns like Athlone and Mullingar and Longford, there’s a sense that not enough is being done to promote business in the midlands.
“I believe that any international company that is considering Ireland should be looking closely at the midlands,” he said. “It is one of the most accessible parts of the country, with plenty of space for companies to set up and expand, including three IDA parks. We also have a young and highly educated workforce and an award-winning Institute of Technology in Athlone.
“This region has the potential to be an economic powerhouse, but we need to get that message out there,” Deputy Troy added. “I am hugely encouraged by the level of interest in this event, and I hope it will be the start of a conversation about the opportunities that exist in the midlands.”
In addition to circa. 400 business people from the region, both Enterprise Ireland and the IDA will be represented at the breakfast briefing, which will be hosted by the RTE broadcaster and journalist Olivia O’Leary.
‘Business in the Midlands’ takes place on Friday, November 25 at the Mullingar Park Hotel, Dublin Road, Mullingar, from 7.30am. Tickets are available until Tuesday, November 22 at €20 per person or €200 for a table of 10. To book, please contact Aideen Ginnell at Cullen Communications on (01) 668 9099 or email aginnell@cullencommunications. ie