High-tech initiative could bring 1,000 jobs to Limerick

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

High-tech initiative could bring 1,000 jobs to Limerick

Council staff Kieran Reeves, Jillian Robinson and Paul Johnson with Mayor Liam Galvin at the Techtown seminar. Also pictured are Liam Connealy, Alison Patridge and Mihai Bilaucha

A NEW high tech initiative the local authority is engaging in could lead to 1,000 jobs in Limerick  in three years.

City and County Council is playing a key role in the Techtown project, which sets out to maximise the job creation potential of the digital economy by working out how clusters work at city level.

The project, which is being delivered under the Urbact programme, also looks collaboratively at what cities can do to support businesses to access the digital skills and innovations they need in order to start, grow and compete.

Last Friday, the council held a special session to discuss the city's priorities in relation to its digital economy.

At this event, council representatives joined figures from LIT, UL, and the Limerick Chamber for a full-day programme.

Since the initiative was set up, Liam Connealy of the council’s economic arm, said it has assisted in creating more than 200 highly-skilled IT jobs.