The Midland Region is located in the heart of Ireland, with unparalleled national interconnectivity on the national corridor for road and rail infrastructure within 1 hour of Dublin, international airports and ports with direct access to the European market of 800 million people and established precedents in serving global markets from the Midlands.
Unique within Ireland, the linked gateway has historically capitalised on its strategic location within the Country in the development of industry and commerce. The linked gateway has an urban population of 49,691 with some 450,000 residing within a 60 km radius.
The importance of the modern linked gateway as a strategic destination and corridor is recognised in national and at EU investment over the last two decades in strategic road, rail and a world class telecommunications network.
The highly developed physical infrastructure is matched by a strong business culture and knowledge base with networks that are well established and operate on Local, Regional, National, European and Global basis.
International companies in the key sectors identified overleaf have recognised these benefits and become established in the linked-gateway. Athlone Institute of Technology and its complimentary suite of research activities build on these key sectoral strengths, forging synergistic relationships with other institutions and connecting companies, disciplines and sectors, supported by the strong business support networks of IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland.
The Principal Towns of Longford and Portlaoise complete the regional picture and play strong supporting roles in the regional economy. Portlaoise, adjacent to the N7 national primary route connecting Limerick and Cork with Dublin, has strategic locational advantages in terms of national transport infrastructure and its accessibility to Dublin. Longford, situated on the N4/N5 national primary route provides easy access to the major urban centres on the east and west coasts and to the North of Ireland. The consolidation of the national transportation network is a strategic advantage for enterprise development in the Midland Region.