The WDC will lead the project working in association with the local authorities in Mayo, Sligo, Roscommon and Donegal

The Western Development Commission (WDC) has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Community and Rural Development, Michael Ring, TD of funding of €644,734 for the Digiwest regional economic development project to develop digital working hubs in Stranorlar, Co. Donegal, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo, Tulsk, Co. Roscommon and Swinford, Co. Mayo.

The funding is part of €62m in funding for Rural Regeneration and Development projects across the country, and aligns with the on-going work along the Atlantic Economic Corridor, as set out in the National Planning Framework. The Atlantic Economic Corridor seeks to develop the Atlantic Coast counties from Donegal to Kerry to ensure balanced regional development in Ireland to 2040.

WDC CEO Tomás Ó Síocháin said, ‘the Digiwest project is an excellent example of regional collaboration as set out in our forthcoming strategic plan where four local authorities, working with the Western Development Commission will be enabling and supporting communities to work in the digital economy. The collaboration will offer facilities and services that will meet both community and business needs, to maintain and develop vibrant communities in the Western Region.’

Further information contact: Caroline Coffey, WDC 094 9861441 |info@wdc.ie

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