The west of Ireland’s ‘most powerful car’ finally gets some petrol in its tank

The west of Ireland’s ‘most powerful car’ finally gets some petrol in its tank
Tomás Ó Síocháin, chief executive of the Western Development Commission, in Ballinasloe, Co Galway Picture: Michael Dillon

Tomás Ó Siocháin of the Western Development Commission wants to attract young workers to the region

Tomás Ó Síocháin has taken over an organisation that was once compared to a powerful car that had no keys or petrol. The Western Development Commission was without a full-time chief executive for the past five years, had no board for six months and was denied access to a promised €2 million grant. The situation got so bad that its then chairman, Paddy McGuinness – a personal friend of former taoiseach Enda Kenny- resigned in protest in 2017 at being denied the “keys or petrol” for a “very powerful car”.

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