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Patrick Prendergast: 'Beacon of hope in docklands shows Ireland means business'

Creating a Grand Canal Innovation District would serve to widen the nation's horizons, writes Patrick Prendergast

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Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr Patrick Prendergast; Iseult Ward, Co-Founder and CEO FoodCloud  and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar; at the Grand Canal Innovation District launch.

Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr Patrick Prendergast; Iseult Ward, Co-Founder and CEO FoodCloud  and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar; at the Grand Canal Innovation District launch.

Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr Patrick Prendergast; Iseult Ward, Co-Founder and CEO FoodCloud  and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar; at the Grand Canal Innovation District launch.

Last Friday's news that the Government has endorsed plans to create a Grand Canal Innovation District in Dublin is a decisive step toward positioning Ireland as an innovation economy in the decades to come.

The plan, which was drawn up by representatives including industry and the four Dublin universities, and led by the Department of the Taoiseach, aims to bring researchers working at Irish and foreign companies together with university researchers in the same buildings clustered around a world-class research institute.


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