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The M1 Corridor is at the centre of economic activity in Ireland, driving its future.


35% of Ireland’s workforce

Young, highly skilled and growing


3 International Airports serving 290 destinations

Intercity rail service

Uncongested motorway

4 Deep Sea ports

Infrastructure & Property

Competitive property solutions and utilities in place to facilitate business growth.

Start-up Scene

The M1 Corridor has a strong reputation for start-up enterprise and innovation

Track Record

A thriving hub of activity among established clusters of multinational and indigenous businesses


Uncongested urban living in a coastal region with all amenities for a superb, family-friendly quality of life

The region offers businesses unrivalled access to talent and infrastructure


2.25 million people within 60-minutes of Dundalk/Drogheda


Over 1/3 the population of the island


A population of 2.25 million –

that is

young, highly skilled and growing!

Win the war on Talent,

Invest where people can be at their best

The largest workforce of any catchment, that is highly skilled

  • A student population of 86,000 in 12 Higher Education Institutions, 58% of all university enrolments
  • 40% of all third level graduates and 46% of Ireland’s STEM graduates
  • 270,000 of the workforce have apprenticeship and trade qualifications

Professionals on the move

  • Highly skilled outbound commuters, 61% hold third level qualifications
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M1 Corridor population figures

The most densely populated region outside Dublin is home to,

  • 34% of Ireland’s population – Comparable to the catchments of Cork, Limerick, Galway, Derry and Waterford combined
  • A population density 3.9 times greater than the national average in the only region with 16% growth forecast, to 2.6 million by 2031


Attracting international talent

  • Almost 250k non-nationals, that’s 47% of foreign language speakers in Ireland
  • DkIT has over 600 international students, and strong connections with China, supported by an office in Beijing
Startup Scene

M1 Corridor has a strong reputation

for start-up enterprise and innovation

Supporting startups to prosper and businesses to grow


M1 Corridor provides

unrivalled national

and international


M1 Corridor connects major Road, Rail, Air and Sea transport hubs

M1 Corridor Map

At the centre of Ireland’s economic growth, the M1/A1 links

  • Irelands’ largest 2 cities, Dublin and Belfast, and half the islands population in 2 hours
  • Serving Irelands’ 3 largest towns, Dundalk, Drogheda and Swords


The M1 Motorway provides uncongested access to,

  • Dublin airport in 20/45 minutes, and
  • Maritime links at Dublin, Drogheda, Greenore and Warrenpoint.
M1 Corridor Airport Map

3 International airports within 90 minutes

  • Direct flights to 250 UK, European, USA and Asian destinations
  • Accounting for over 80% of all-island air traffic

Dublin Airport (20/40 minutes)

  • 223,000 annual flights from 11th largest airport in Europe, carrying 30 million passengers per annum
  • Daily flights to over 90 destinations in UK, Europe and USA
  • Over 300 weekly flights to London
  • US preclearance, and 13 North American destinations
M1 Corridor Rail Map
  • Intercity service connecting Dublin to Belfast in 2hrs
  • Commuter services connecting Dublin’s IFSC to Drogheda (30 min), and Dundalk (60min)

Significant planned investment

  • Electrification of the commuter rail service from Dublin to Drogheda
  • High-speed rail link between Dublin and Belfast
M1 Corridor Port Map

Motorway access to trading gateways, providing low carbon rating for exports

  • 4 deep sea ports within 60 minutes, Dublin, Greenore, Warrenpoint & Larne
  • Dublin, Tier 1 port, handles approximately 50% of tonnage
  • Warrenpoint Trust Port
  • Drogheda Port of Regional Significance
Infrastructure & Property

M1 Corridor is investor ready

with competitive property solutions

and state of the art utilities in place

Robust Infrastructure and Competitive Property Solutions

Office rental ¼ cost of Dublin city and ½ Dublin suburbs


  • Units under construction
  • Warehousing facilities available

Greenfield sites zoned for development

Internationally recognised Gold standard Broadband connectivity for speed, reliability and instant access

  • Louth is Ireland’s fastest county with speeds three times faster than Dublin
  • 86% of the region has access to 1 Gigabit high-speed fibre broadband

Infrastructure providing reliable, efficient and environmentally friendly

  • Energy supply
  • Waste management (Indaver waste to energy facility)
  • Water supply
  • Wastewater management
Track Record

M1 Corridor is a thriving hub

of activity among established industry clusters

Track record of multinational and indigenous

businesses advancing in the region

Investment Promotion
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International Financial Services

33% of Irish IFS jobs are outside Dublin


  • Paypal
  • State Street
  • First Derivatives
  • Coca Cola International Services
  • Yapstone
  • Great-West Lifeco Inc
  • Vesta Payments

Digital Technologies

Ireland is a recognised global hub for Digital Technologies due to the plentiful availability of skilled talent


  • Amphenol TSC
  • Gecko Governance
  • Intact Software
  • Mobile Technologies Inc (MTI)
  • Nova Leah
  • Prometric
  • SeaChange International
  • Statsport

Life Sciences

  • Abbott
  • Almac
  • Becton Dickenson
  • Bellurgan Precision
  • Norbrook
  • PCI Pharma Services
  • Wasdell
  • Welch Allyn
  • WuXi Biologics

Energy and Environment

  • Indaver
  • Kingspan
  • CRH
  • Glen Dimplex
  • Hanley Energy
  • Climote
  • Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)


Food Manufacturing

 ABB Abbott
Cargotec Corp ABP Group
·CombiLift Beam Inc.
Maddox (prev. Anord) Boyne Valley Group
Multihog Great Northern Distillery
Premier Periclase Hilton Foods
Satir Group Kerry Group
Suretank Group Natures Best
·Xerox Europe Total Produce PLC

Coastal living rich in a tradition

of literature, culture, arts and music

Superb, family-friendly quality of life

Work Life

Uncongested urban living for a superb work-life balance

  • A competitive property market, residential property at less than half the purchase cost of Dublin and 60% of rental cost
  • Nearby access to satisfy all needs, including entertainment, education, healthcare etc

Beat the war on talent, locate where your staff are in situ!

  • 1  in 4 workers in Dublin have a daily commute over 1 hour
  • More than one-third of workers in Dublin are willing to leave the city for a shorter commute

The scenic beauty of coastal living and the great outdoors

  • Ireland’s only all-weather horse and dog racing venue
  • The Cooley and Mourne Mountains and Carlingford Lough
  • Blue flag beaches
  • Multiple golf courses at Baltray, Greenore, Dundalk and Ardee
  • Many sports clubs and facilities
  • Soccer stadium

Ireland’s Ancient East

From the beautiful Carlingford Lough and Cooley Peninsula to the historic Boyne Valley

Medieval Carlingford, Slieve Foye and the Mourne Mountains

Newgrange and Bru na Boinne visitors centre

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