Spotlight on Galway & Mayo Industries for UK-Ireland Collaboration
The British Embassy in Dublin and its partners Galway Chamber and NUI Galway, today (17 December), extended their ‘Joining the Dots’ initiative to Galway. First launched in 2018, ‘Joining the Dots’ is a British Embassy led initiative focused on promoting economic links and opportunities between regions of Ireland and the UK, identifying how cities, towns and regions can collaborate to help resolve shared challenges such as sustainability, increasing productivity and exploiting opportunities in areas like innovation. Today’s launch will be followed by a range of events and visits in 2021 that will build UK ties with the West of Ireland.
Watch the Virtual Launch here
Speaking at the virtual launch, the British Ambassador to Ireland, Paul Johnston said that extending ‘Joining the Dots’ to Galway underlines our commitment to strengthening, even further, the economic partnership between UK and Irish regions.
“I am delighted to be bringing Joining the Dots virtually to Galway and Mayo. The Embassy has forged a close relationship with Galway and Mayo over recent years, not least through the visit to Galway of their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in March 2020.
“Since we launched it two years ago with Simon Coveney in Cork, the 'Joining the Dots' programme has delivered new UK-Ireland partnerships, working with Cork, Kerry and Limerick in Ireland, and Coventry, Birmingham and Wales in the UK. This includes new links between civic leaders, businesses and academics in fields from advanced manufacturing to agri-tech and cyber.
“Today’s report shows that Galway/Mayo has world-class med tech and ICT clusters, as well as being a significant hub for the creative industries. There is much that we in the UK can learn from the development of these clusters, and, I hope, vice versa. I’m delighted that the report also profiles the strengths in these sectors within Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland as well as towns and cities across England.
“I am confident the launch of this excellent report will inspire and enhance the development of UK connections with the amazing counties of Galway and Mayo.”
Kenneth Deery, Chief Executive Officer of Galway Chamber said, “It is very clear from the overwhelming response evidenced in the Galway Chamber Poll, asking the question ‘Do you believe the Galway-Mayo area has potential for greater economic and research links with the UK?’, where 92% of respondents said ‘Yes’. The collective role for ourselves and partners now is to progress this collaboration to key actions that can enable delivery of the recommendations.”
Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Deputy President of NUI Galway, said:
“Over the past year, NUI Galway has worked with the British Embassy to look beyond the current environment and find ways of joining the dots between Galway and Mayo and regions of the UK for the long term benefit of the west of Ireland. We will continue to contribute to this far-sighted initiative and play our part in furthering connections in the commercial civic and academic spheres.”