Wealth of great regional projects
Ireland has the lowest divorce rate in the EU – 0.6 per 1000 inhabitants. Irish marriage rates are just above the EU average at 4.5 per 1000 inhabitants.
In Roscommon, the EU has supported Roscommon Leader initiatives, plant expansions at Jazz Pharmaceuticals and Moss Vision, and a Best Young Entrepreneur award for Desmond Dolan of MistCalls.
Roscommon Leader Partnership
A good example of one of the EU-funded activities in this county, Roscommon Leader Partnership is participating in three projects funded by Erasmus+, which are providing innovative support to target groups and communities, namely Creative Communities Igniting Change, Food Incubators — Transforming Regions, and Young Enterprise through Arts.
In Sligo, the EU has funded a Keywater Fisheries fish farming project, enhancements to Sligo town’s O’Connell St, and Sligo Science Fest.
Paul Kearney of Keywater Fisheries has received funding to collaborate with BIM and Bord na Móna to develop a new method of farming freshwater perch. Utilising split ponds developed in North America, Keywater Fisheries hopes to significantly increase its production and help develop on-growing units at Bord na Móna peat-land sites.
In Tipperary, the EU has funded the Questum Enterprise Centre, Single Payments worth over €101.4m to farmers, and the European Enterprise Climate Cup award won by Roscrea’s JF Walsh Packaging.
Questum Enterprise Centre
In October 2016, the €3.25m Questum Enterprise Centre was opened at Ballingarrane Science and Technology Park, Clonmel. The centre is a partnership between Limerick Institute of Technology and Tipperary County Council and it focuses on supporting early-stage innovative companies. Questum has already begun to generate significant economic benefits.
The EU has funded a MADE Project focused on helping homeless men, Digital Media Awards won by students at the Wexford Campus of Institute of Technology Carlow, and Our Lady of Fatima Special School’s multi-cultural cookbook.
MADE (Making a Difference Everywhere) is improving the basic literacy and life skills of homeless men, helping them to live more independently and play a far more active role in society. Hosted by Ozanam House, the project takes a tailored approach to learning. Course content and the pace of learning are shaped by the needs of those taking part in the classes. In Wicklow, the EU has funded research by BirdWatch Ireland, Bray Area Partnership’s participation in Supporting Parents and Early Childhood Services, and a student enterprise award for Headphone Helpers from Colaiste Chraobh Abhann.
Kilcoole-based BirdWatch Ireland received funding from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to assess the potential impact of offshore renewable energy projects on sea birds and coastal water birds. The study precedes a boost in development of Ireland’s indigenous ocean energy industry, after the SEAI awarded €4.3m in grants to groups working in this field.
Enterprise Minister, Mary Mitchell O’Connor; Bruce Cozadd, CEO of Jazz Pharmaceuticals; and Willie McCormack, Jazz Pharmaceuticals at last years’ official opening of the company’s site in Monksland, Co Roscommon, one of a number of EU-backed investments in the county.
Students and staff from Our Lady of Fatima Primary School at the launch of their book Cooking Up a Storm.
Questum Enterprise Centre, opened with the help of EU funding at Ballingarrane Science and Technology Park, Clonmel, Co Tipperary.