Páirc Na Mara
Our ocean is a national asset. It supports a diverse marine economy with strategically significant potential to tap into the €1,200 billion global marine market for seafood, blue tourism, oil and gas resources, marine renewable energy, and new applications for health, medicine and technology (Dept. for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, 2012).
Building on these strengths and on the work done by other public agencies to date, Údarás na Gaeltachta is leading an inter-agency team to develop a Marine Innovation Park (Páirc na Mara) at a brownfield site in Cill Chiaráin, Co. Galway. The development and investment plans which are currently being prepared will create in the region of 200 direct jobs and 400 indirect jobs over a five-year period.
To achieve these ambitious targets and to support the development of the overall investment plan for Páirc na Mara, an Advisory Committee was established in 2017. The Committee consists of a cross section of key stakeholders who discharge statutory responsibilities in the planning, regulatory and development fields as well as specialists from research and academic institutions who are committed to the sustainable development of the marine resource.
Páirc Na Mara’s alignment with Marine Industry Policy
The Government’s continued commitment to blue growth and implementation of Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth(HOOW) –Ireland’s Integrated Marine Plan is evident in Ireland where it pursues a pro-business economic policy by providing a dynamic source of start-up funding and support programmes.
Údarás na Gaeltachta has always recognised the importance of the marine resource to the creation of employment opportunities. We are committed to working collaboratively and helping to build the marine economy in Ireland. Údarás na Gaeltachta client companies have benefited from a longstanding, effective and productive co-operative relationship with Bord Iascaigh Mhara and the Marine Institute. Údarás has representatives on several national committees, including those of the current schemes operating under the European Maritime & Fisheries Fund.
- Action Plan for Jobs (APJ)
- Rural Action Plan for Jobs
- National Bio Economy Statement
- Regional Spatial Economic Strategy
- Galway County Local Economic and Community plan
- Actions of Programme for Government 2016
- Foodwise 2025
- National Marine Research and Innovation Strategy
- National Strategic Plan for Sustainable Aquaculture Development
- Integrated Maritime Policy for the EU
- EU Strategy for the Atlantic and the Blue Growth Strategy