The Renaissance of the Mid West
“The emergence of Limerick and the Mid West as a leader in economic regeneration is evident. It is a transformation that combines the spirit and cohesiveness of its people and stakeholders.”
Conn Murray, CEO of Limerick City and County Councils addressed 120 business people, decision-makers and influencers from the Mid West at a unique event to celebrate the revival of the region from an economic, social and cultural perspective.
He also said the merger of both local authorities was six months ahead of schedule such was the “determination of Limerick to lead not follow.”
The local authority is the first City and County Council to merge under the new Action Programme for reforming Local Government.
CEO of Shannon Airport, Neil Pakey, who’s work is attributed to the success of the John Lennon Airport in Liverpool, said his first six months in the Mid West have been “a remarkable journey of insight and inspiration.”
“Firstly, I was honoured to have been given this opportunity at Shannon Airport, where I am backed by a Board and team who have a great determination to succeed.
“However, I have also been astounded by the depth of support and interest from the various stakeholders in this region – everyone is galloping towards a unified goal and that goal is to reignite an economy filled with opportunity.”
Taking Shannon Airport to new heights, Pakey suggests that its location in Western Europe has major potential and he, and the new Board led by Rose Hynes, has already stemmed falling passenger numbers with latest figures showing a 10% increase since June. This has been boosted by the return of Ryanair who recently added 10 new routes to their schedule while year round routes to Boston and New York have been introduced by Aer Lingus.
It all bodes well for a city targeting international tourism ahead of its status as Ireland’s first City of Culture in 2014.
BDO Limerick hosted the event to “showcase the success and rebirth of a region leading from the front.” Ger Holliday, Partner at the chartered accountancy firm said they felt there was a need to celebrate the very many successes in the region and in doing so published it in a 24-page newspaper.
BDO Times was launched at the event and it generated a lot of discussion of major investments, jobs announcements, sporting events and individual achievements from the Mid West during 2013, which filled the newspaper with only good news.
Contained in the publication are good news stories focusing on:
- Reform of Local Government by Minister Hogan and Conn Murray
- There’s Something Special About Limerick by Matt English, CEO Special Olympics Ireland
- The Business of Education by UL, LIT and Mary Immaculate College
- Taking Shannon Airport to new Heights by CEO, Neil Pakey
- Job Creation by Donal Hanrahan, BDO Recruitment
- My Limerick Moment by John Treacy, CEO Irish Sports Council
- First European Sport Tourism Conference by Mark O’Connell, W2
- Sporting Success by Donn O’Sullivan, Limerick Post
- Doing Business in Limerick by Maria Kelly, CEO Limerick Chamber
- Surviving is the New Business Success by Diarmuid Hendrick, BDO Limerick
- Indigenous SMEs will reignite the Economy, by Paul Nestor BDO Limerick
Read or download BDO Times at the link below.