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How the Midlands region is rising to the challenges ahead

Tourism initiatives, educational advances and government funding have put the Midlands on a steady course, writes Siobhán Maguire

3rd November, 2019
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is pictured with Martin Dalby, chief executive of Center Parcs: the completion of the €233 million resort created over 750 jobs during its construction, with a further 1,000 new jobs upon opening Pic: Marc O’Sullivan

The potential closure of Bord Na Móna and ESB power stations in the Midlands region dominated headlines last month. It was feared that two peat-powered electricity plants, one at west Offaly in Shannonbridge, and the other at Lanesborough on Lough Ree, would close when the state subsidy for burning peat came to an end later this year.

The worry that lingered over the fate of so many jobs was dissipated somewhat by two...

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