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Midlands Regional Action Plan for Jobs Implementation Committee

While the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation oversees the Regional Action Plans for Jobs at national level each Regional Action Plan is monitored by a Regional Implementation Committee at regional level.

Enterprise Champions

Many of the actions set out in the Regional APJs are delivered by public sector bodies acting collaboratively. Some of the actions require active engagement with the private sector so strong business representation is required.

To this end, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has appointed locally based enterprise champions to each Regional Implementation Committee to work with the public bodies on the implementation of the Plans, including the identification of new actions to be added to the Plans as they evolve.

Pat Gallagher Chief Executive of Westmeath County Council chairs the committee and Paul Madden, Head of SON Development at Ericsson, Co. Westmeath is vice chair.

The other Enterprise Champions in the Midlands are Wayne Byrne, MD of Oxymem, Co. Westmeath; Garry Moore, CEO of Steripack, Co. Offaly; Linda O’Reilly, CEO of Elephant Smart Business, Co. Longford; and Seamus Delaney, Director of Internal Results, Co. Laois.

Member Organisations

Organisations represented on the committee are:

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation
Enterprise Ireland
IDA Ireland
Local Enterprise Office Offaly
Local Enterprise Office Laois
Local Enterprise Office Longford
Local Enterprise Office Westmeath
Laois County Council
Longford County Council
Offaly County Council
Fáilte Ireland
Longford & Westmeath ETB
Laois & Offaly ETB
Midlands Gateway Chamber
Eastern & Midland Regional Assembly
Bord Bia
Waterways Ireland
Bord Na Móna
Regional Skills Forum
Athlone Institute of Technology
Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
The Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government


 Sarah Morgan, Planning Policy & Research Officer, Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath Local Authorities serves as secretariat to the Midlands Regional Action Plan for Jobs Implementation Committee.

Meetings of the Midlands Regional Action Plan for Jobs Implementation Committee

2nd March 2016, Westmeath County Council Office, Mullingar
15th June 2016, Offaly County Council Chamber, Tullamore
2nd December 2016, The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise