A new study shows Ireland's Western and Northern regions face being left behind in a "two-speed economy".
The report by the Northern & Western Regional Assembly identifies significant under-funding of health infrastructure, education and transport across Connacht and Ulster, compared to other parts of the country.
The report's author, chief economist with the NWRA John Daly, found startling levels of inequality in terms of investment in key areas, such as health, education, infrastructure and transport over a ten-year period to 2018.
The Northern & Western Regional Assembly, based in Ballaghadereen, is the State body tasked with driving regional growth across eight counties in Connacht and Ulster.
It said a lack of investment over the last ten years has resulted in a "two speed economy", with other parts of the country performing better than counties along the border and the western seaboard.
The report calls for an official policy of positive discrimination, and sets out 11 recommendations - including developing Galway and the region's designated Regional Growth Centres and Key Towns, and enhancing regional infrastructure to support SME's in rural communities and encourage the growth of remote working.