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Economist appointed to lead future success of Mid-West

Publish Date: Monday 13th March 2017

- Dr Órlaith Borthwick joins local authorities as new Programme Manager

With collaboration at its core the Mid-West Limerick-city-region continues to enjoy a strong economic revival. The recent appointment of Dr. Órlaith Borthwick as Programme Manager for the Mid-West Action Plan for Jobs is testament to this. The role supported by the three local authorities of Clare, Limerick and Tipperary is driven by a number of industry leaders and regional stakeholders, while the Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation coordinates its successful delivery.

Pictured is Dr. Órlaith Borthwick, newly appointed Programme Manager for the Mid-West Action Plan for Jobs and Barry O'Sullivan, General Manager of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care and Chairman of the Mid-West Action Plan for Jobs Implementation Committee
 

Holding a PhD in Economics Dr. Borthwick brings a wealth of experience in policy formation and delivery of economic projects that enhance the growth potential of tier-two city-regions. Having most recently held the role as Manager of the Mid-West Regional Skills Forum for the Department of Education and previously Director of Policy and Interim CEO at Limerick Chamber the role is a natural progression for Dr. Borthwick who has years of policy and project delivery experience, with expertise in building collaborative initiatives which result in economic prosperity and job creation opportunities.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor noted the successful impact the Action Plan for Jobs has had on the region and believes the appointment of Dr. Borthwick will further accelerate the successful delivery of the ambitious plan.

“I am delighted to offer my congratulations to Dr Órlaith Borthwick on her appointment as Programme Manager for the Mid West Action Plan for Jobs. Having met Órlaith recently at a meeting of the Mid West APJ Implementation Committee, I was impressed by her professionalism, enthusiasm, and her deep knowledge of the Mid West region's economic strengths, challenges, and opportunity areas.”

“The Mid West now has the fastest growing employment rate in the country, and an unemployment rate of 6%, a fall of 4.2% since the start of 2015. This represents fantastic progress for the region, and under Órlaith's leadership I am confident that the Mid West Action Plan will continue to build on this momentum. Órlaith's experience working with Limerick Chamber of Commerce and the Mid West Regional Skills Forum has no doubt helped her to build a strong network of contacts and collaborators within the region which will be key to delivering on, and adding value to, the Mid West Action Plan,” the minister added.

Barry O’Sullivan, General Manager at Johnson & Johnson Vision Care and Chairman of the Mid-West Action Plan for Jobs Implementation Committee believes that having a Manager in place will open new economic possibilities for the region.

“The Action Plan for Jobs is a template for collaboration and we are delighted to have Órlaith in place to support the work of industry as they partner with public bodies, to identify step-change projects that can deliver a bright future and wealth of job opportunities for all who chose to live here. I would like to thank the three Mid West Local Authority Chief Executives for their support on this appointment and indeed to all individuals and agencies who have worked so well together to date to support the progress to this point.”

While Dr. Borthwick’s remit is the greater Mid-West region she will be working closely with Limerick City and County Council to support them in achieving their vision for the future growth of the city-region.

Speaking about her appointment Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Economic Development Dr. Pat Daly said: “We are delighted to be working with our colleagues in Clare and Tipperary to collectively support and augment the economic potential of the Limerick City-Region. We are delighted to be working so closely with industry and our fellow stakeholders across the public and private sector. I want to thank Barry O’Sullivan for his commitment to this initiative and I am confident in the positive impact he and Órlaith can have on the future prosperity of the region”.

Published in 2015 the Mid-West Action Plan for Jobs is an ambitious Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation initiative which aims to create an additional 23,000 jobs for Clare, Limerick and Tipperary by 2020.

The role of Programme Manager is financially supported by the Local Authorities of Clare, Limerick and Tipperary to deliver a regional economic focus. 

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