Local Notice Board

Ennis Informaton Age Town

The Clare Advertiser, September 1997

"I do not remember any other campaign gripping the imagination of the people of Ennis to the extent that this project has" stated the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Mr T J Waters in his opening remarks at the Ennis Information Age Presentation. "Ennis is well ahead on its journey down the Information Age Superhighway and has no intention whatsoever of slowing down". A special team of presenters told the Telecom Eireann judges why Ennis should be named Irelands first Information Age Town. The Ennis bid for the multi million pound technology test bed proposed by Telecom is based on five pillars.

The Assistant County Manager, Mr Tom Dowling said that at a very conservative estimate these proposals would bring an additional 300 jobs to the town in the first three years. In welcoming the judges the Chairman of Ennis Urban District Council, Councillor Tommy Brennan said "this is a day of hope and achievement for Ennis". "This is a town with a proud history, a dynamic present and future full of promise. The growth of Ennis and its plans for the future are rooted in a strong sense of community cooperation and joint venture approach which involve both State and Community organizations", he added. 51 Towns sought to become Irelands Information Age Town. Four were short listed - Ennis, Castlebar, Kilkenny and Killarney. Each town has been visited for a half day evaluation by a five man panel of judges including Alfie Kane, Chief Executive of Telecom Eireann. The other judges are: Sean Scanlan, Professor of Electronic Engineering, UCD, Dan Flinter, Chief Executive, Forbairt, Danny O’Hare, President, Dublin City University, Gerry O’Sullivan, Corporate Relations, Telecom Eireann. After the presentation the judges viewed a special exhibition by 18 Hitech companies in the Mid West. They were later shown locations where Ennis already has high levels of Information Technology. These include the medical instrumentation company Vitalograph, the De Valera Library and the Clare Business Centre. The judges also visited the centre of Ennis by horse drawn carriage.

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