An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD has announced the creation of 20 new jobs and a €6 million investment for the Marine Institute at its research facility in Newport, Co Mayo.
The new positions will be based at the Newport base, where they will be engaged on a number of research projects funded from the €6 million in research grants.
The facility is a unique research centre, where a range of cutting edge research is carried out including genetics work across several species of salmon, sea bass and Pollock, research on the catchment and climate change. It is attracting multiple Irish Higher Education Institutions and international partners including University College Cork, Queens University, University College Dublin, GMIT, Dundalk Institute of Technology, NUI Galway and the University of Glasgow.
In addition, the Marine Institute is working with Mayo County Council to actively develop new initiatives at the facility to further enhance what the Marine Institute can offer and benefit the local area.
Making the announcement this weekend, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD, said:
"The announcement by the Marine Institute supporting 20 new positions here in Newport is very timely following the launch of 'Realising our Rural Potential – the Action Plan for Rural Development' earlier this week.
The Newport facility is a real example of innovation taking place in a rural community and creates exciting opportunities both now and in the years ahead. Scientists at doctoral and post-doctoral level working at the facility are involved in conducting research with not only national implications, but also international relevance. In other words, it firmly brings what is a rural area into a national and international context. This is a relatively unique research facility in operation since 1955 and I am delighted to see the continued excellent quality research that is taking place following €6 million in funding from research grants. I also wish to thank the Marine Institute and their educational partners for their efforts in building a strong international reputation for marine research and innovation."
The Marine Institute is Ireland's national agency for marine research. It seeks to assess and realise the economic potential of Ireland's marine resources, to promote sustainable development of marine industry as well as safeguard Ireland's natural marine resource.
Read: Marine Institute Open day for TY Students