Wealth of great re­gional projects

Irish Examiner - Supplement - - 60 YEARS OF EUROPEAN UNITY - WICK­LOW

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.

EU FACT

ROSCOM­MON

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.

SLIGO

In Sligo, the EU has funded a Key­wa­ter Fish­eries fish farm­ing project, en­hance­ments to Sligo town’s O’Con­nell St, and Sligo Science Fest.

Key­wa­ter Fish­eries

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.

TIP­PER­ARY

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.

WEX­FORD

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 Project

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.

Bird­Watch Ire­land

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.

Pic: Padraig De­vaney

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.

Pic­ture: Chris Lane

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.

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