A report, commissioned by Údarás na Gaeltachta, has suggested that the port of Ros an Mhíl is well placed to serve as a support hub for companies planning to develop offshore wind farms.

The analysis says that while investment would be needed to facilitate this, it would bring significant returns for the Galway Gaeltacht.

The report says the development of a deep water port at Ros an Mhíl is central to maximising its potential.

This would allow it to function as a support location for the floating offshore wind (FOW) sector.

The report - carried out by Dublin Offshore Consultants - says infrastructure is needed to capitalise on the environmental and economic benefits of "new generation assets" in the years ahead.

The Government has set a target of 30 gigawatts (GW) of FOW off the Atlantic coast by 2050.

The report's authors model three scenarios - for low, medium and high output energy generators.

They say that even if Ros An Mhíl was to service 3GW, there would be the potential to generate between 300 and 900 jobs.

But they warn that investment will be needed to improve the national grid capacity.

High scenario modelling would also require other uses for electricity, such as the production of hydrogen and integration to a 'super grid’.