Promoting investment in the Shannon Estuary Region

Promoting investment in the Shannon Estuary Region

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Sunset on the Shannon Estuary – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Stakeholders engaged in the development and management of the Shannon Estuary have produced a marketing film promoting the deep water marine investment opportunities along Ireland’s largest and deepest estuary.

The promotion is the result of the Strategic Integrated Framework Plan (SIFP) for the Shannon Estuary, a land and marine-based plan launched in late 2013 by a multi-agency steering group comprising member organisations from throughout the wider region.

The region’s local authorities, namely Clare County Council, Kerry County Council and Limerick City & County Council, have joined with IDA Ireland, Shannon Group plc and Shannon Foynes Port Company in producing the film which details ‘Deep Water Marine Investment Opportunities’ at 6 Strategic Development Locations deemed appropriate for marine-related investment.

Members of the SIFP Steering Group will travel to Oslo later this month to promote the Deep Water Marine Investment Opportunities within the Shannon Estuary at the Nor-Shipping exhibition, one of the most important meeting places for the global maritime industry.

More details on the locations can be found here.

IDA Ireland’s Regional Manager for the Mid-West, Niall O’Callaghan, said: “The completion of this promotional video highlighting the unique benefits of the Shannon Estuary to potential foreign direct investors in maritime industries shows the ongoing collaboration and progress between all stakeholders working on the Strategic Integrated Framework Plan (SIFP).”

“Its release is fitting given the international Nor-Shipping exhibition takes place in Oslo on May 29th, where IDA Ireland will be supporting the SIFP in engaging with potential clients to demonstrate how the Shannon Estuary has all the essential aspects to perform commercial maritime activities, both onshore and offshore,” added Mr. O’Callaghan.

1,220 hectares of land at 6 Strategic Development Locations are zoned for marine-related industry in Regional and Local statutory development plans. The sites include Moneypoint (280Ha), Innismurry/Cahercon (65Ha) in County Clare, Askeaton (98Ha), Foynes Island (40Ha), and Foynes Port and adjoining lands (186Ha) in Limerick and Tarbert – Ballylongford Landbank (550Ha) in County Kerry.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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