Encompassing the counties of Westmeath, Offaly, Laois and Longford, the region has a population of 476,178 residing within a 60 minute driving radius of Athlone. The strategic location provides unparalleled national interconnectivity on the national rail and road network and is within 80 minutes of international airports and ports. IDA companies employ over 4,300 people in the area.

Invest in the Midlands

Invest in the Midlands

Invest in the Midlands is an interactive experience designed for use on tablet, smartphone and PC.  Information on location, education, lifestyle and existing IDA and indigenous companies is provided through rich images, video and text.

Invest in the Midlands

Invest in Westmeath

Westmeath  is a highly sought-after location for international business. With it’s strategic location providing direct access to international airports & ports, high calibre companies, cost effective business solutions,  strong  talent base, shorter commuting times and excellent quality of life, this is a thriving environment for global businesses.

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Athlone at the Heart of It  
Mullingar your business destination

Invest in Offaly 

Offaly  hosts a thriving business environment with an extensive selection of existing global companies operating from the area, accrediting available cost effective commercial and residential property solutions, connectivity to major cities, short commuting times and staff retention to their successes.

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Offaly – great location attracting dynamic companies and talented staff

Invest in Laois

At the heart of the national transport network and within an hour of Dublin, Laois is strategically located for doing business. Laois's connectivity ensures quick access to key international airports and ports across Ireland, while also delivering a large customer base and a skilled talent pool.

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Laois - The Ideal Location to Live and For Business
Why Laois? The Ideal Location for Business

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Invest in Longford

Longford’s strong enterprise culture has a proven ability to attract and support a broad range of international companies,  complimented by a central location, a highly skilled labour force and a low-cost business environment.

Heart of Ireland

Heart of Ireland

The centrality of the region offers companies an excellent array of high quality property solutions, a well-educated workforce, proactive third-level institutions with a student population of c.41,000, and an established track record in attracting investments across industry sectors.



Two Universities and two Institutes of Technology  produce around 13,000 graduates annually for employment in the area. 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. AIT was recently awarded “ Best Institute of Technology of the year” by the Sunday Times. This award-winning, cutting-edge institution also has three strategic research institutes inin Software (SRI), Biosciences (BRI) and Materials (MRI).

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 benefits from excellent road infrastructure to all major cities, proximity to three International Airports at Dublin, Shannon and Ireland West and three international shipping ports. The region also offers cost effective commercial and residential property solutions.

Contact the Midlands Office



    Regional Business Development Manager

    IDA Ireland
    Athlone Business & Technology Park
    Dublin Rd
    Tel: + 353 090 64 71500
    Fax: + 353 090 64 71550
    Email: idaireland@ida.ie

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