Invest in the Midlands

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Invest in the Midlands

Invest in Laois

Laois’s connectivity ensures quick access to key airports and ports across Ireland, while also delivering a large customer base and a highly educated talent pool. 

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Heart of Ireland

The centrality of the Midlands offers companies an excellent array of high quality facility options, growing population, proactive third-level institutions with a student population of c.45,000 and an established track record in attracting investments across industry sectors.



Two universities and three Institutes of Technology produce around 13,500 graduates annually for employment in the wider Midlands region. These centres of learning pride themselves on actively building industry links and offering extensive research capabilities to local enterprises.


Athlone Institute of Technology is situated in the heart of the region and currently has 6,000 students engaged in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across Business, Humanities, Engineering and Science. This award-winning, cutting-edge institution also has three strategic research institutes in Materials (MRI), Biosciences (BRI) and Software (SRI).  The Institute also has an Industrial Polymer Solution and Design Centre specialising in the testing and development of chemical and polymeric systems. Analytical laboratories are also made available to local industry for research and development purposes.


The Midland’s principal towns are surrounded by the Lakelands Region, which has a rich tradition of literature, culture, arts and music as well as offering an abundance of water sports, golf courses, award-winning restaurants, renowned festivals and other activities.


The location is well serviced with excellent road infrastructure, a motorway to Dublin and proximity to three International Airports, at Dublin, Shannon & Knock and a strong rail network.

Contact the Midlands Office

IDA Ireland
Athlone Business & Technology Park
Dublin Rd
Tel: + 353 090 64 71500
Fax: + 353 090 64 71550

  • Ken Whitelaw

    Regional Business Development Manager

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