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25 May 2022

Longford well positioned to benefit from new enterprise plan

Regional Enterprise Plan

Micheál Carrigy, Aine Bohan, Paddy Mahon, Robert Troy, Dr Anne Cusack, Barbara Heslin and Michael Nevin

Longford is well positioned to benefit from the implementation of the Midlands Regional Enterprise Plan (REP) which was launched by Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Robert Troy TD, at an event in Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR), Mullingar.

The new Plan includes projects and initiatives across the four Midlands counties (Longford, Westmeath, Laois, and Offaly).

Paddy Mahon, Chief Executive of Longford County Council, said, “Longford County Council welcomes the publication of the new Midlands Regional Enterprise Plan to 2024. Longford is well positioned to benefit from the implementation of the plan, as we work to ensure the region becomes a centre for low carbon enterprise and advanced manufacturing. Positioning the region as a great place to live and work will be central to attracting investment and tourism to the region.”

Longford County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr Peggy Nolan added, “I am delighted to welcome this plan and I look forward to seeing the impact that it will have on the Midlands. It supports every facet of the work we are doing here in Longford to highlight the county as a great place to work, live and do business. I particularly welcome the objectives around supporting the transition to a zero-carbon economy, as well as establishing the Regional Food and Drink Cluster in the Midlands – congratulations to all involved.”

Minister Troy, outlined the importance of the Plan, “I have been determined to ensure that funding will be available to underpin the ambitions of the Regional Enterprise Plans and I am very pleased that we have secured up to €180 million in funding over the coming years.

This is necessary for the development of collaborative regional projects of scale that will drive delivery of the objectives developed in this Midlands Plan, and I encourage all to look at how best this funding can be used to support regional job creation and enterprise development into the future.”

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