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Research and Innovation Strategy for the Mid-West Region


Ideas Paper on the Future of Shannon Airport

Press Release on the Ideas Paper on the Future of Shannon Airport


MWRA Annual Report 2013


Marketing Plan for Lough Derg launched by Minister Alan Kelly

February 2014


CREATE Advisor

Specification February 2014


Mid-West Regional Authorty Annual Report 2012


Mid-West Area Strategic Plan (MWASP) 2012-2030 Publication


Lough Derg Signage Strategy and SEA/AA Screening Report


Limerick & Clare Sports Physical & Recreation Strategy


Limerick 2030 - An Economic and Spatial Plan for Limerick


Report of the Local Electoral Areas Boundary Commission


Lough Derg Conference

29th May 2013


Shannon Airport Change Management & Aviation Business Development Task Force Final Reports


Public Consultation - Limerick & Clare Sports & Physical Recreation Strategy

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Public Consultation - Strategic Integrated Framework Plan (SIFP) for the Shannon Estuary


Public Consultation - 22nd and 23rd November 2012 - Proposed Wild Atlantic Way


Presentations from The Association of Irish Regions' Annual Conference 2012 - 16th November 2012


Public Consultation for Lough Derg Signage Strategy take place Monday 5th November


Press Release:

MWRA chair Sustainable Gateways workshop in London


Department of Transport release report on future ownership of Shannon Airport


Economic Fact File for the Mid West Region (doc 2.3 MB)


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Welcome to the Southern & Eastern Regional Assembly - Mid-West Office

(formally the Mid-West Regional Authority)

As of the 1st June 2014, Regional Authorities in Ireland have been dissolved and are now incorporated into the Regional Assembly structures. The Mid-West Region consists of the administrative areas of Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary and is now part of the Southern & Eastern Regional Assembly area until new regional structures are established on 1st January 2015.

The main functions are:

  • to promote the co-ordination of public service provision in the region;
  • to prepare and oversee the implementation of Regional Planning Guidelines;
  • and to monitor the delivery of the National Development Plan & EU Structural Fund assistance in the Mid-West region.

Current News


Ideas Paper on the Future of Shannon Airport

Press Release on the Ideas Paper on the Future of Shannon Airport


Research and Innovation Strategy for the Mid-West Region

MWRA Research & Innov Report


REgional Indicators Report

Monitoring Framework for Implementation of the

Regional Planning Guidelines

The report was prepared and published by the eight Regional Authorities, and was developed to assess the impact of implementing the Regional Planning Guidelines in each of the 8 NUTs III regions in Ireland.


Marketing Plan for Lough Derg launched by

Mr. Alan Kelly T.D., Minister of State at the Department

of Transport, Tourism and Sport

February 2014

A Roadmap for Experience Development and

Destination Marketing 2014-2017’

Press Release - 27th February 2014


  • Formation of Advisors Panel for the CREATE Project

For further details about CREATE, visit the project website:


The Government launch of

Medium Term Economic Strategy 2020

Tuesday, 17th December 2013

Link to announcement:

Link to Strategy Document:


European Investment Bank Approves Loan of €100 million as

UL Launches Capital Development Plan

Monday, 9th December 2013

Capital Development Plan, University of Limerick, European Investment Bank, Limerick 2030. Link:


8 new Services from Shannon for 2014


Published on Oct 24, 2013

Shannon Airport has described the announcement by Ryanair that it is to deliver over 300,000 new passengers annually with the addition of 8 new services as hugely significant in the growth plans of the independent airport.

The Ryanair commitment, which will see the airline operate services to 18 locations from Shannon at the end of April 2014, confirms Shannon as a key catalyst of growth for the region, providing a major boost for both tourism and business interests.

The new services that Ryanair will commence from next year are Berlin, Paris, Fuerteventura, Warsaw, Faro, Munich, Nice and Krakow, with an increase in frequency between Stansted and Shannon.

The announcement comes on top of an already successful initial ten months for the airport as an independent entity. In that period Shannon has managed to grow month-over-month passengers for the first time in five years with significant increases across the summer season.

Said Ryanair Deputy Chief Executive & Chief Operating Officer Michael Cawley: "Ryanair is pleased to announce 8 new routes and increased frequency on the Stansted route from Shannon in April 2014, which will deliver 300,000 additional passengers p.a. and support 300 new on-site jobs at Shannon. This growth is in direct response to the Government's welcome decision to scrap the €3 air travel tax from April 2014.

"The scrapping of the air travel tax will help restore Ireland's competitiveness and attractiveness to overseas visitors from the UK and Continental Europe in particular. Having met with all five of the main Irish airports, we hope to announce further new route and traffic growth plans over the coming weeks."

Welcoming the announcement, Shannon Group plc CEO Neil Pakey said that it ensures 2014 will take up where 2013 finishes off for the airport. "We are delighted today to be welcoming this very significant commitment by Ryanair. It is a huge boost to the airport and to the wider region. We have enjoyed significant growth on transatlantic services this year with month-over-month increases of up to 40% but one of our key priorities beyond that was to deliver more European services. The importance of this announcement by Ryanair cannot be understated in that regard.

"This represents particularly good news for 2014 with the Wild Atlantic Way project coming on stream and also Limerick National City of Culture here on our doorstep. Now that we have secured these services it is essential that they are promoted heavily abroad by our tourism agencies, whom we will work closely with, and that our own outbound market here takes advantage of them."

Also welcoming the announcement, Shannon Group plc Chairman Rose Hynes said: "We said at the start of the year that growing passenger numbers was our number one priority. Today's announcement by Ryanair is a milestone achievement in that regard and proof again of the positive growth path that the airport is now on.

"From an airline perspective, this is a very positive response by Ryanair following the welcome initiative by Government in last week's budget to end the Air Travel Tax from next April. We are delighted that Shannon is the first airport to benefit from this very positive commitment."


The Mid-West Regional Authority hosted the 5th interregional meeting

of the TRAP Project (INTERREG IVC)

on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th of October 2013.

Partners from Ireland, Finland, the UK, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Latvia, Romania & Greece

participated in a Interregional meeting in Limerick.

The partners also had an opportunity to visit Lough Derg, the Olatrim River & the Groody River as part of the study visit. The partners were addressed by Waterways Ireland, Fisheries Ireland, the Lough Derg Marketing Strategy Group, the Office of Public Works and the Lough Derg Science Group.

This interregional meeting and study visit was an excellent opportunity for the Mid West to showcase its significant regional assets as well as

some of the policies and programmes in place which enhance lake and river management

and environmental sustainability in the region.


The Mid-West Regional Authority AGM was held in County Hall, Dooradoyle, Co. Limerick on 3rd July 2013

Cllr. Oliver Garry was elected Cathaoirleach, and Cllr. Stephen Keary was elected Leas-Cathaoirleach, for the period 2013/2014


Mid-West Regional Planning Guidelines 2010-2022

The Mid-West Regional Authority has published the Mid-West Regional Planning Guidelines 2010-2022. For more information on the Regional Planning Process and to download a copy of the Guidelines, please click on the link above.


MWRA Annual Report 2011

In August 2012, the Mid-West Regional Authority published the Mid-West Regional Authority Annual Report 2011. For more information and to download a copy of the Annual Report, please click on the link above.

Mid-West Region Economic Factfile

"A proven region of excellence for business"
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Click here to download Mid-West Factfile (pdf 1.31MB)


Launch of RPGs Implementation Annual Report &