Wednesday 25 April 2018

Analysis: Liberties can reap benefit of tech centre

St Patrick’s Tower at the Digital Hub – there has been a call to increase the available office space
St Patrick’s Tower at the Digital Hub – there has been a call to increase the available office space
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

The Digital Hub would be forgiven for feeling a bit eclipsed in Dublin's tech scene by Silicon Docks - the area of the city at Grand Canal that's home to giants such as Facebook, Google, Airbnb and others.

But Fiach MacConghail points out that as a State agency, the body behind the Digital Hub - the Digital Hub Development Agency - has a broader remit than just establishing a tech nerve centre.

"The commitment that our clients buy into is not just that they're part of a digital community, but of a neighbourhood," he says.

"I've seen the profound impact the Digital Hub has had on our neighbourhood, particularly with young people attending our digital literacy course."

MacConghail says that the Digital Hub has to embrace its wider goal of regeneration and being a focal point for the area.

"It's part of the legislation - not only are we dealing with entrepreneurship, success, scaling companies and creating jobs but we're doing that in context of a local community," he said.

The Digital Hub still has space that can be developed and will likely engage with private developers to help deliver mixed-use solutions for that space.

Irish Independent

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