Message from our President
Fiona Candon, 2018
My priorities for the year are in three areas.
We will continue to work on ensuring that clear time-bound regional targets across all programmes under the Project Ireland 2040 are agreed and funded properly particularly in the shorter term for infrastructure.
Road improvements from Sligo all the way to Dublin is a huge priority for us to push and I will be supporting our Chamber Industrial Group in every way I can particularly through my recent appointment to the Board of Chambers Ireland, the largest lobby group in the country, sitting now on Stephen’s Green, the heart of all key departmental decision making.
National programmes must have the flexibility to be adaptable to local needs. If we are to achieve real regional balance then our region and Sligo has to grow at a faster rate than others. So the announcements must become actions. They must happen much more quickly for us here than in other parts of the country if we are to catch up.
While pushing for this we need to highlight the fact that while the costs of major infrastructural decisions are clear and immediate; the benefits are not. Making a region more attractive to industry, providing a better quality of life for those who live here, less commuting, fewer people having to live in Dublin, more people sustaining services in our region and rural hinterlands, better regional hospitals and third level institutions are all benefits. These benefits cannot remain on the peripheral of decision making; they must be brought into the core.
Sligo Chamber drives and chairs The Industrial Group and includes IT Sligo, the Local Authority, BID and business representatives. The focus is connectivity, regionally and nationally. The work of this group is planned, organised and taken very seriously nationally and regionally. I want to acknowledge the work of David Kiely, Des Faul, Conor McCarthy and Fergal Burke on the Atlantic Economic Corridor a major feature now of Project Ireland 2040