The Atlantic Way - A Dynamic Region & Superb Quality of Life

The Atlantic Way Region, with a population of over one million people, is a prime international investment and lifestyle location situated along Ireland’s western corridor.

The major growth sectors in the Region include Information Communication Technology (ICT), Life Sciences, Logistics, Aviation/Aerospace, Engineering, Green Technologies and internationally Traded Services.

Key features of Atlantic Way include:

  • Strategic global location between East and West.
  • Direct access to the European market of close to 800 million people.
  • Access to global markets via a network of international airports and sea ports. Shannon Airport also has full pre-clearance facilities, for U.S. bound passengers, which save travelling time
  • Proven track record as a beachhead for investment from Europe and the U.S.
  • Low tax & strong supports: Low government tax regime on corporate profits (only 12.5%); generous government incentives and grants for R& D and other activities e.g. employment, training and capital grants; and, extensive assistance from state agencies including the Industrial Development Authority and Enterprise Ireland.
  • A vibrant indigenous business sector.                 
  • A young, highly educated and flexible workforce. Over 35% of the Region’s population are under the age of 25 and over 40,000 students attend 3rd-level colleges in the Region.
  • Excellent IT skills and infrastructure.
  • An advanced telecommunications infrastructure, with state-of-the-art optical networks and international connectivity.
  • A thriving research, development and innovation sector, with strong Government support for productive collaboration between industry and academia.
  • A strong legal framework for development, exploitation and protection of Intellectual Property rights.
  • The 100km deepwater Shannon Estuary which can accommodate the largest unitised cargo ships in the world.
  • World-class tourist attractions and activities, ranging from the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and Connemara regions, the Atlantic coastline and River Shannon to golfing, equestrian, watersports and other amenities.
  • Great quality of life (attractions, activities, entertainments, easy congestion-free travel, fresh air and open spaces)
  • Vibrant Cities, Towns and Villages including the Gateway cities of Limerick/Shannon and Galway.
  • A welcoming community (the friendliness of the people is still the most remarked upon feature of those who choose to live and work here).

Productive Staff

More than 1 in every 3 people working in the Atlantic Way Region are home within 15 minutes of leaving work and more than 2 in every 3 people are home within 30 minutes.

This reflects the availability of work close to the population centres and an excellent and uncongested road network. It means more quality time every day to chill out and relax!

This in turn means happier and more productive staff!