Category Archives: Economy

WDC Insights Christmas Quiz Time Again!

We are sure you have been reading our WDC Insights blog and keeping an eye on our publications throughout 2017.   Take our Christmas Quiz (10 questions) and see just how well you can score on regional development and Western Region … Continue reading

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County labour markets in the Western Region: what’s happening?

Last week, the WDC published eight new WDC Insights publications.  Each of these two-page publications examines the labour market of a Western Region county, with Galway City and County examined separately. The analysis is based on data from Census 2016. … Continue reading

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WDC submission to Ireland 2040-Our Plan, the Draft National Planning Framework

Below is a summary of the key comments contained in the Western Development Commission (WDC) submission on Ireland 2040-Our Plan, the Draft National Planning Framework, the closing date for submissions is today Friday 10th November. In general, the WDC would … Continue reading

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Regional implications of BREXIT- some thoughts

There has been much discussion of Brexit and what it will mean for Ireland, for businesses here, for different sectors, and for social and cultural interactions.  The discussion is, of course, taking place in the context of multiple unknowns.  We … Continue reading

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What do people in the Western Region and its counties work at?

Recently the Western Development Commission (WDC) published two new WDC Insights publications examining the sectoral profile of employment in the Western Region of Ireland and its counties. Both are based on an analysis of data from Census 2016 on employment by economic … Continue reading

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Urban Centres and Regional Economic Development

The Irish branch of the Regional Studies Association held its annual conference on Friday 1st September at the DIT Grangegorman campus. The conference, “Urban Centres and Regional Economic Development”, which was opened by John Paul Phelan T.D., Minister of State … Continue reading

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Self-employment – What does the Census tell us?

Regular followers of the WDC Insights blog will know that self-employment is a topic we’ve examined a number of times before, drawing on Quarterly National Household Survey data.  However this can only tell us what is happening in the Western … Continue reading

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