Socio Economic Impact

The socio economic impact of IT Sligo on the Sligo Region.


An analysis of the economic effect on Sligo and surrounding regions, of the existence and growth of the Institute of Technology Sligo.

The Research Team

Ms. Louise Walsh Principal Researcher Department of Business & Humanities, IT, Sligo. Mr. Dan McHugh Joint Researcher Department of Business & Humanities, IT, Sligo. Mr. Michael Walsh Research Student Department of Business & Humanities, IT, Sligo.


To what extent is local Business benefiting due to the existence of the IT Sligo ? Are companies encouraged by the fact that the IT can provide the graduates and expertise to enable them to establish and expand their businesses ?

To what extent does the existence of IT Sligo attract foreign investment and businesses into the area; are they even aware of its existence and what it has to offer ?

Does the government recognise the economic benefits that IT Sligo has to provide the region and does it take this into consideration when providing funds for developing the regions infrastructure.

In the past, the region has always suffered from a high degree of emigration, due to the lack of either local educational or employment opportunities. To what extent has the growth of the RTC/IT reduced this trend ?

The question if symbiotic relationship between the Institute and the Economy, to what extent does on influence the other.

– Economy affected by the Institute but also the Institute dictating the Economy.

Project Details

To provide an analysis of the Institute’s contribution, influence and impact in the areas of:-

  • Encouraging and improving local industrial production.
  • Encouraging local investment.
  • Attracting foreign investment to the region.
  • Attracting government investment and infra-structural improvements.
  • Retaining and increasing valuable human resources in the region.

By consulting the following sources:-

  • Industrial Development Authority
  • IT Sligo
  • Enterprise Ireland
  • Chamber of Commerce Sligo
  • FAS
  • Central Statistics Office
  • Sligo Businesses
  • Political Representatives


  • Questionnaires
  • Interviews with the aid of tapes
  • Existing literature of the subject
  • Statistical Methods
  • Socio-Economical Research