West life attracts professionals to Mayo
A better quality of life has been cited as the main factor behind some professionals moving to the west of Ireland.
In a survey of almost 200 people who have recently relocated to Galway or Mayo, nine out of 10 respondents said that the idea of an improved quality of life was a factor behind their move.
For many, the decision to move has paid dividends, with three in four respondents saying that the balance between their working and home lives is now much better.
Being closer to family and friends is also influencing people's decision to move, according to the survey carried out by HR group Collins McNicholas, in conjunction with IDA Ireland.
Other reasons given were career opportunities, lower property prices, a safer environment, a reduced cost of living, and less traffic.
When it came to finding jobs, nearly three-quarters of the respondents said that they found it easy to find work, with 85pc of people having either moved into a similar or more senior role than the one they held before moving.
IDA Ireland regional manager Catherina Blewitt said that the survey shows the opportunities that exist in the west.