Leading the information society

The Clare Champion, Friday, December 5th, 1997

The new status of Ennis as “the Information Age showpiece of Ireland” and other technology initiatives are keeping the Mid-West Region ahead in the Global Information Society, the Minister for Science, Technology and Commerce pronounced this week.

Minister Noel Treacy saluted Shannon and the Mid-West on a visit to the region on Monday, saying, “Just as the Mid-West ushered in Ireland’s Industrial Revolution and opened up an era of great change and opportunity at the start of the Shannon Free Zone initiative under Dr. Brendan O’Regan, the Mid West is again showing the way in moving forward with the Information Society”.

Minister Treacy was launching a new brochure for MAC, the National Microelectronics Applications Centre in Limerick that puts new emphasis on the opportunities of the Information Society, the Minister pointed out.

Stating that the “Information Age Town” designation will mean “significant investment” for Ennis, Minister Treacy said that much more is happening on the high technology front in the Mid-West.

He referred to the launch this Friday by Minister Sile de Valera of the ShIPP Programme in which the region is leading the country in setting up a programme funded by the European Union which will agree a Strategy and Action Plan for entry into the Information Society. The Mid-West is also out on its own through its part in the EU-funded ENCATA programme which is already helping small companies in the Mid-West and ten other regions in Europe to make use of new technologies in overcoming disadvantage. Primarily involved in helping Irish enterprises to convert bright ideas into new hi-tech products, which can compete on international markets, MAC is also playing a supporting role in both the ShIPP and ENCATA programmes.

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