Commissioner Geoghegan Quinn launches An tSli Ghlas – The Greenway

DIT and DCU collaborate in economic initiative

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An tSlí Ghlas -The Green Way - has been initiated by an alliance of businesses, academic institutions and local authorities including Dublin Institute of Technology ,Ballymun Regeneration, Dublin Airport Authority, Dublin City University, , Fingal County Council, Dublin City Council and North Dublin Chamber. The alliance builds on the strong resources already in place  and developing in the North Dublin area.

The Green Way was conceived in response to the 2009 Report of the Government’s High-Level Action Group on Green Enterprise which stated that “Ireland needs to develop one or more green zones in order to create an environment that can support the development of green enterprise and be used to market Ireland overseas”.

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Commissioner Geoghegan Quinn at the launch of An tSlí Ghlas - The Green Way

Speaking at the launch, Dublin City University President, Professor Brian MacCraith said, "We are very confident about the success of this exciting venture for many reasons. In particular our real point of difference is that the key constituents and assets are already in place, and we are ready to do business with a team of partners all sharing a common goal and vision.DCU and DIT have a long and established tradition of engagement with industry and our links with business are well regarded both in Ireland and overseas. An tSlí Ghlas - The Green Way, drawing on our collective research expertise, will become a focused, internationally recognised hub for Cleantech businesses.”

Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT, said the initiative will create a set of international synergies that will help to drive economic development in Ireland.  “An tSli Ghlas is a natural economic corridor from city centre to Dublin Airport, with strong broadband links.  By harnessing existing economic assets, both public and private, it will support the creation of indigenous SMEs as well as attracting foreign investment.  With positive collaboration between DIT and DCU, the Green Way will facilitate economic regeneration, but also social and physical regeneration from Grangegorman to Ballymun.”

The goal of An tSlí Ghlas-The Green Way is to position Ireland as a centre of Cleantech innovation and enterprise which will link business to investors and develop trade partnerships with other major international green corridors such as the US East Bay Green Corridor Partnership and Lahti Cleantech Science Park in Finland.

For more see http://www.dit.ie/thegreenway/ or contact Paul Horan, Campus Planning or Andy Maguire, Research and Innovation.

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