‘In­no­va­tion cor­ri­dor’ to in­clude Di­a­geo site

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Business & Appointments - - FRONT PAGE - Sa­man­tha Mc­caugh­ren

DUBLIN City Coun­cil and the IDA are work­ing on plans for an ‘in­no­va­tion cor­ri­dor’ in Dublin 8, which will in­clude a newly-de­vel­oped site at Di­a­geo’s St James’s Gate, St James’s Hos­pi­tal and the Na­tional Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal (NCH).

The cor­ri­dor would aim to be­come a lo­ca­tion for in­no­va­tion in the ar­eas of health, tech­nol­ogy and medtech, bring­ing in the Dig­i­tal Hub and Guin­ness En­ter­prise Cen­tre.

The IDA and other State bod­ies have been work­ing with Dublin City Coun­cil on the plan, which would also look at how ac­com­mo­da­tion in the Lib­er­ties could be de- veloped for nurses, doc­tors, re­searchers, sci­en­tists and tech ex­perts.

A spokes­woman for the Coun­cil con­firmed a plan was be­ing drawn up.

“The City Coun­cil is ex­plor­ing mod­els for an In­no­va­tion Cor­ri­dor in Dublin 8, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with St James Hos­pi­tal, Di­a­geo, Dig­i­tal Hub, NCAD and other stake­hold­ers,” she said.

Min­utes of meet­ings for the NCH project-mon­i­tor­ing com­mit­tee refers to the coun­cil, IDA and hospitals’ progress on the plan. As first re­vealed in this news­pa­per, Di­a­geo has trig­gered a plan to de­velop 12.6 acres at the St James’s Gate site. A ten­der process for a de­vel­op­ment part­ner will take 18 months.

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