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New €18m research facility established at UCD

Published 03/12/2015 | 02:30

Repro Free: Wednesday 2nd December 2015. DUBLIN. Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD officially launched the newly established Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre, iCRAG today. The Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG) at University College Dublin (UCD) will focus on the discovery, de-risking and sourcing of raw materials, water and energy resources that are critical to our economy. Pictured is Roisin Kyne, iCrag - Post Doc, Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD and Prof Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland. Picture Jason Clarke.
Repro Free: Wednesday 2nd December 2015. DUBLIN. Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD officially launched the newly established Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre, iCRAG today. The Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG) at University College Dublin (UCD) will focus on the discovery, de-risking and sourcing of raw materials, water and energy resources that are critical to our economy. Pictured is Roisin Kyne, iCrag - Post Doc, Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD and Prof Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland. Picture Jason Clarke.

A new €18m research facility will boost jobs and transform Ireland’s geoscience industry, according to Skills Minister Damien English. The iCRAG (Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences) facility at UCD will focus on discovering and sourcing water and energy resources.

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Established by the Science Foundation of Ireland, the centre is a joint initiative between six colleges and 55 businesses. It will bring 150 researchers together with the aim of developing industry nationwide.

Minister English, who made the announcement at UCD’s O’Brien Centre for Science, said that it will help to sustain economic growth.

“A key part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs is to continue to build on the major achievements in scientific research,” he said.

“Part of the work carried out here will be to work with communities and people in terms of educating and trying to discover new methods to go about our business without being intrusive on people.”

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