DIT welcomes publication of the Grangegorman Development Agency Bill

 - New bill sets stage for major education and health campus in Dublin city centre - -

Dublin, Wednesday, 16 June 2004: Dublin Institute of Technology today welcomed the publication of the Grangegorman Development Agency Bill by the Government.  The legislation provides for the establishment of a development agency which will act on behalf of DIT, ERHA, NAHB and the relevant government departments to develop a significant education and health campus in Grangegorman.

Dublin Institute of Technology Directorate

Speaking after the publication of the legislation at a Government Buildings press conference, President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton said: "This is an extremely important national project, which will play a key role in Ireland's future economic, social and cultural development.  Today's announcement is a crucial step towards its realisation.  Since the government decision was made to locate DIT on a unified campus at Grangegorman, we have been working with our colleagues in the ERHA and NAHB, as well as with local community representatives, Dublin City Council and other stakeholders to prepare for this development and we are ready to engage with the Agency as soon as it is established."

Professor Norton said that all of DIT will move to the new campus location, creating new opportunities for synergies to develop between disciplines as well as with partners in industry, in health and in the community. 

Dr. Noel O'Connor, chair of the Grangegorman Project Team in DIT, also warmly welcomed today's news.  Dr. O'Connor said "As well as its strategic national importance, this project will make an enormous contribution to urban rejuvenation in Dublin's inner city and it has been identified as a key element in the development plan for the city.  DIT has a long track record in the educational, social and commercial life of Dublin and we are looking forward to working closely with all of the other partners and stakeholders in what is a very exciting project."

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