Conn Murray

Conn Murray

Chief Executive of Limerick City & County Council

Economy / Ireland

“We’re the largest region outside of Dublin in terms of FDI growth”

Limerick’s high quality of life, proximity to the Wild Atlantic Way and international airport make it a great place to live, says Conn Murray, Chief Executive of Limerick City & County Council.

How do you convince multinationals to move to Limerick?
We are a very small country- we can make a phone call, bring ministers to the table quickly, and have a frank conversation to get straight to the answers. We know from these conversations that there is a deficit of affordable, appropriate, high-quality office space in Dublin, and we’re delivering that in the Midwest. We’re the largest region outside of Dublin in terms of FDI growth. Our international airport is on our doorstep. Around 42 per cent of Limerick’s population is under 30, and we have three third-level institutions. We also have an incredible partnership at the moment that operates in terms of our capacity to get things done.

As the third largest city in Ireland, what sets Limerick apart?
Our quality of life. In under an hour, you’re on a beach. Galway is just an hour north, and Kerry is 40 minutes away. You are literally on the tourism base of Ireland, and at the entrance to the Wild Atlantic Way. Internationally, Limerick is a transatlantic gateway. This is something which is critically important. Our connectivity and proximity within the EU have been some of the key factors for US companies that have chosen to invest here.