Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD met with the Technological University Alliance Steering Group in DIT Grangegorman.
The Presidents from the three alliance partners welcomed the Minister – Professor Brian Norton (President, DIT), Dr Diarmuid O’Callaghan (President ITB), Mr Thomas Stone (President ITT) – along with Dr Mary Meaney (TU for Dublin Programme Team).
Minister Mitchell O’Connor also met with researchers and entrepreneurs in the Greenway Hub, a centre for research and innovation in the heart of Grangegorman. She visited the Dublin Energy Lab, chatting with PhD students about their work in the area of solar energy. Professor Brian O’Neill, Director of Research, Enterprise and Innovation Services guided her through the clinical trials in myopia and glaucoma being carried out in the Centre for Eye Research Ireland. Ms Bernadette O’Reilly, Manager of the DIT Hothouse incubation centre, introduced Minister O’Connor to Elm Solutions and Artomatix, high potential startups based on campus, along with student entrepreneurs on the DIT Hothouse I-Cubed summer programme.
The Minister continued her visit, meeting with colleagues from the Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA), including Mr Oliver Cussen, Chairperson, Mr Ger Casey, CEO, and Ms Máire Mellerick, Director of Construction and Procurement, to discuss next stages of development of the Grangegorman campus.