LORD MAYOR VISITS GRANGEGORMAN   

27 July 2004:

The newly-elected Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Michael Conaghan, accepted DIT's invitation to visit Grangegorman today to be briefed on the Institute's plans for the deveopment of a new campus on the site.

 

Professor Brian Norton and the Lord Mayor of Dublin

Professor Brian Norton, accompanied by Dr. Noel O'Connor, Chair of the Grangegorman Project Team, and Dr. Thomas Cooke, Head of DIT's extensive Community Links programme, brought the Lord Mayor through the site, including the playing fields which are already in use by DIT students, and are maintained by the Institute's groundsman. 

The visit provided an opportunity to update the Lord Mayor on the wide range of provision offered by DIT across the city, and the educational, cultural and economic significance of the Grangegorman development for Dublin as a region.  When the Grangegorman Agency is established, the site will be developed on behalf of DIT and the ERHA/NAHB, and will include integrated educational and health facilities.

The Lord Mayor was also particularly interested in the range of community links programmes in which DIT is involved, from the DISC project providing computers and training in schools, to the Digital Community Project which has resulted in computer rooms being fitted out in eleven of the City Council's inner-city flat complexes.  Dr. Cooke, who has responsibility for these programmes, outlined for the Lord Mayor how each of the projects is designed to break down social and economic barriers, and to create links between the Institute and young people from schools or areas of social disadvantage to encourage them to aim for higher education.

Following the meeting with the Lord Mayor, DIT plans to brief all new members of Dublin City Council over the coming months.  The Grangegorman Development Agency Bill. which was published in June, is expected to go before the Houses of the Oireachtas in the Autumn. 

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