Minister Howlin Highlights Importance of Grangegorman for Employment and Renewal

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  • Onsite activity demonstrates huge progress
  • Grangegorman project an engine for local regeneration and opportunity

04 March 2014:  The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr. Brendan Howlin TD revisited Grangegorman today to attend the launch of Joining up the Dots II and The Grangegorman Framework Document, two reports concerning employment, education and training opportunities arising from the project.  Minister Howlin also met some of DIT students, currently in the third year of their degree in Visual Communications, who will be located on the Grangegorman campus from September.

The visit was also an opportunity for the Minister to see at first hand the huge transformation taking place through the re-development of the site.  In total the Grangegorman re-development will deliver in the region of 4,500 construction jobs and a further 1,100 when complete, therefore it is vital that opportunities for people in the Grangegorman area are maximised. 

Four main contractors are currently onsite, putting in place the underlying services and utilities for the full development, and refurbishing 7 protected structures which will accommodate the first 1,000 DIT students in September 2014.  Over 2,000 construction jobs are being created over the next 3 years alone and a significant number of these will be created when work begins on the Central and East quads early in 2015.

Speaking about Joining Up the Dots II – a report on the educational, training and employment profile for the Grangegorman cachment area - Minister Howlin emphasised the importance of the Grangegorman project locally, but also as a flagship project in the Stimulus Programme for Ireland.

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Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD, with MEP Emer Costello, and 3rd Year students of Visual Communications who will be located campus in Grangegorman in September 2014

He continued, “To supplement that Stimulus Programme I looked once again at alternative ways to fund development that would both create jobs and meet additional infrastructural requirements.  In 2012, I was able to announce the recommencement of our PPP programme with a package of €1.5bn of measures announced.  In advance I took the opportunity to visit the Grangegorman site to see at first hand the potential of this project not just for the local area but for the city and country as a whole.  As you will be aware, some €180 million of this is going towards the Grangegorman project with €300 million to be invested in it overall by the Government up to September 2017.”

The first Joining up the Dots Report was published in 2009 and made several key recommendations to maximise local gain from the Grangegorman Project. Many of these recommendations have already been implemented such as;

  • The Grangegorman Labour and Learning Forum is established, employing a full-time co-ordinator
  • The Grangegorman Employment Charter is developed and adopted and implemented with contractors on site
  • New education, training and employment opportunities have been opened up to people from the local area

Joining up the Dots II gives an updated profile of the local area and therefore is vital in informing the work of the Labour and Learning Forum in maximising opportunities locally. The companion document, The Grangegorman Framework Document, underpins how the Grangegorman project ties in to city, national, European and International policy.

Chair of the Grangegorman Labour and Learning Forum Ms Brigid McManus emphasised the importance of the Framework which underpins the work of the Forum. She said “The increasingly globalized environment in which we live and work, particularly for a small country with an open economy, means it is crucial that we work at all levels to align international, national and local policies so we can get the best for our citizens.”

Ms. McManus said  research such as Joining Up the Dots II “is a tremendous resource not just for the Forum’s work but for all public and Community groups active in the area as its often not easy from national statistics to pull together relevant data as needed. I know that already groups have been using the material and have found it of benefit.”

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