Could 2018 be a turning point for the West? One Region: One Vision conference explores the possibilities
People who are growing tired of the ever increasing housing hikes, and the worsening M50 rush hour commute, are leaving the capital for a better quality of life.
According to the organisers of the One Region: One Vision conference, the move to the West from Dublin is no longer being hampered by poor road infrastructure or broadband, both of which has improved substantially.
"More and more people are realising that not only is Dublin and the east becoming an unsustainably expensive place to live and grow families, it is also not prudent to rely on the capital to drive the national economic agenda. There needs to an alternative," Northern & Western Regional Assembly (NWRA) Director David Minton said.
The growth of entrepreneurialism in the region, as a result of this migration, is up for discussion at the event which takes place on November 28 at the Salthill Hotel in Galway.
"The West is alive with innovative, creative, motivated and versatile entrepreneurs which is a truly amazing asset for our region in ensuring we keep our identity as a thriving, dynamic and attractive place to start and then grow a successful business," said Collins McNicholas director Michelle Murphy.
Speakers at the conference, organised by the NWRA and by the Western Development Commission (WDC), include John Breslin (co-founder Galway Innovation District), Group Technology Editor of Independent News & Media (INM) Adrian Weckler and Michelle Murphy, director of national recruitment agency Collins McNicholas.
Portwest CEO and EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Harry Hughes, is also on the bill of speakers. Hughes' firm, which he runs with his brothers Cathal and Owen, is a global safety provider that designs and manufactures specialist workwear.
A key topic for discussion at the One Region: One Vision conference will be the EER 2018 designation.
"This is an amazing honour and an opportunity for a part of Ireland that has been traditionally marginalised to emerge stronger and more attractive as a place to live and work for our young people," NWRA director David Minton said.