Clones Regeneration Partnership hosts DIT students for a second year

Dublin, 7th November 2005:     For the second year in a row, Clones Regeneration Partnership today hosted a group of 35 Masters Students and lecturers from DIT?s Faculty of the Built Environment. 

Set up in 2000 by a small group of local people, Clones Regeneration Partnership aims to attract new investment to Clones, to overcome the economic and social downfall encountered after ?The Troubles? experienced throughout the last century.

Accompanying the students were Tony Weekes, a visiting lecturer from the School of Regional Development and Planning and Conor Skehan, a member of DIT?s full time academic staff.

According to Tony Weekes the DIT students benefited from experiencing at first hand the accounts of life in smaller towns and the social and economic development issues affecting these communities.  In particular, on this study visit, the students were being asked to consider issues arising along the border counties such as the neglect of infrastructure development over many years and the consequences and issues raised by the partition of Ireland.

Commenting on the DIT student visit, Eamonn Cox, Project Co-ordinator with Clones Regeneration Partnership said ?if this is the calibre of young people to whom we are committing the future development of this country, then all our efforts and struggles are worth it all.  They are a credit to DIT and we hope to be invited to have another group visit Clones again next year.?

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