Lowry Welcomes the Establishment of National Rural Network at Tipperary Institute

6th January 2009

Thurles based Deputy Michael Lowry has welcomed the news that Tipperary Institute has been formally awarded the contract to establish the National Rural Network by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food.

The announcement makes T.I a key player in the Rural Development Programme, Ireland 2007-2013 and will bring together the individuals, organisations and administrations involved in delivering measures the programme.

Over €3 million will be awarded to the Institute over the course of this contract.

The Independent Deputy said:

“This announcement is further confirmation if we needed it that Tipperary Institute is integral component of the educational infrastructure of the country. This contract will make the Institute the centre of excellence in Ireland for Rural Development matters and comes as a welcome boost for the Institute and the towns of Thurles and Clonmel.”

The department in the Institute will operate under the name of the Rural Development Support Unit (RDSU) and will compile, analyse and present the indicators which will track the progress and impact of the Rural Development Policy in Ireland and Europe.

The Departments of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Community, Rural and Gaelteacht Affairs will work closely with the Unit with the intention of optimising the effectiveness of the programme and its positive impact on agriculture and broader rural communities.

Deputy Lowry continued:

“This project not only is a great monetary boost to the college, it provides the Institute with invaluable opportunities to network at national, governmental and EU level, which will be invaluable. Connectivity is vital in the academic world and this contract provides Tipperary Institute with ample opportunity to foster this.

I wish to take this opportunity to commend the engines in the Institute like Ciaran Lynch, Pádraig Culbert and Paul Keating, who did trojan work to make a superb contract this like this possible.”

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