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Size matters: relative changes in regional economies

In the last post on this topic I examined some of the recent trends in regional GDP.  In this post, that analysis is continued, with a focus on the changing share of national Gross Value Added (GVA)[i] coming from each … Continue reading

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Our 5th Birthday! 5 years of the WDC Insights Blog

Five years ago today we published the first WDC Insights blog post.  This special anniversary post today is our 208th post. As we noted in the celebration for our 200th post, the blog covers a wider range of topics from … Continue reading

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The Public Administration & Defence Sector in the Western Region

The Western Development Commission (WDC) has just published the 9th in its Regional Sectoral Profile series which analyse employment in different economic sectors in the Western Region. And this one is of particular interest to us, as it’s the sector … Continue reading

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Diverse Neighbourhoods: New report analysing the residential distribution of immigrants in Ireland

Recently I attended a very interesting seminar on ‘Migrant Integration: policy and place’ organised by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and the European Migration Network (EMN). At the seminar two new pieces of research were presented and discussed: … Continue reading

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Carbon Tax: Use of revenue to address climate action issues in rural areas

The WDC made a submission to the Department of Finance Consultation on the options for the use of revenues raised from increases in carbon tax. A detailed consultation paper was prepared by the Tax Division of the Department of Finance … Continue reading

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The Benefits as well as the Costs of the National Broadband Plan

There are significant benefits associated with the planned rollout of the National Broadband Plan (NBP), though the recent media coverage seemed to focus largely on the costs. A review of newspaper headlines over the period following the announcement of the … Continue reading

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Changing times! Looking back twenty years in the Western Region

The Western Development Commission (WDC) recently published its strategy for the next five years 2019-2024 ‘Work Smarter Live Better’.  It was launched in Ballinasloe on 15th April, and that launch provided us with an opportunity to look back at how … Continue reading

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