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Request for submissions to the Shannon Estuary Economic Taskforce

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment invites submissions in line with its Terms of Reference to inform the work of the Shannon Estuary Economic Taskforce.

Background

The Shannon Estuary Economic Taskforce is being established to evaluate the economic development potential of the Shannon Estuary and surrounding area and to determine how this potential can be realised. The Taskforce is a direct response to a government commitment to establish local development plans to stimulate economic activity and innovation for those areas that were expecting economic development arising from new fossil-fuel infrastructure. 

The Taskforce will examine the potential of the Shannon Estuary in terms of regional economic development and innovation across a number of areas including transport and connectivity, manufacturing, renewable energy, and tourism. The region’s infrastructural and investment needs will be examined as part of this. 

In accordance with its Terms of Reference, the Shannon Estuary Economic Taskforce will: 

  • assess the strategic strengths of the Shannon Estuary from an investment and enterprise development perspective, in a national and international context
  • scope potential areas of opportunity for the Shannon Estuary and specify policy and investment requirements to exploit those areas of potential
  • assess the current connectivity of the region and make recommendations as to how this could be enhanced
  • specify the actions required from national and local government, as well as from other stakeholders, to exploit those areas of potential
  • produce a Report and associated Action Plan with specific steps in areas of potential to be considered by Government 

Guide for submissions

To inform the work of the Taskforce, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment invites written submissions from the public and other key stakeholders setting out views on the economic development potential of the Shannon Estuary, as well as any investment and policy requirements to fulfil that potential under some, or all the following headings: 

  • Transport and Connectivity
  • Manufacturing
  • Renewable Energy
  • Tourism 

Submissions should be no longer than 1,500 words and should be submitted by email to shannontaskforce@enterprise.gov.ie

The extended closing date for receipt of submissions is 5pm, Wednesday, 13 April 2022.

Responses will inform the work of the Shannon Estuary Economic Taskforce. 

Data Protection and Freedom of Information

We are committed to engaging with stakeholders in a clear, open, and transparent manner. Any person or organisation can make a submission in relation to this consultation. All submissions and feedback will be considered by the Taskforce. 

Please note that it is intended that all submissions received will be made available under the Freedom of Information Act 2014 (FOI) and as such may be published on our website.

In responding to this consultation, parties should clearly indicate where their responses contain personal information, commercially sensitive information, or confidential information which they would not wish to be released under FOI or otherwise published. 

We would like to draw your attention to the Department's Data Protection Data Privacy Notice which is available on our website and explains how and when we collect personal data, why we do so and how we treat this information. It also explains your rights in relation to the collection of personal information and how you can exercise those rights.

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The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE) invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified individuals for membership of the Shannon Estuary Economic Taskforce.

Topics: The Business Environment, Regional Enterprise Plans