New €18m research facility established at UCD
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.
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.”