Jobs boost for Limerick with launch of new €47m research centre

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Minister Heather Humphreys at the launch of the new CONFIRM Research Centre on the Dublin Road Picture: Sean Curtin/True Media

Minister Heather Humphreys at the launch of the new CONFIRM Research Centre on the Dublin Road Picture: Sean Curtin/True Media

FIFTY-FIVE jobs are expected to be created at the University of Limerick by 2020 as the university launches a new €47million research centre at a previously vacant site on the Dublin Road. 

More than 100 highly-skilled jobs are to be created following the official launch of the CONFIRM Science Foundation of Ireland (SFI) Research Centre at the Park Point Complex, with the majority of these to be based in Castletroy. 

“CONFIRM will act as a beacon for international talent in the areas of advanced manufacturing from robotics to artificial intelligence,” CONFIRM Centre director Professor Conor McCarthy said. 

“This truly is a game-changer for Irish manufacturing competitiveness. The establishment of this SFI research centre will position Ireland to play a leading role in the global smart manufacturing revolution,” he added. 

The 55 highly-skilled jobs in Limerick to be created by the ‘smart manufacturing’ research centre are expected to include project and centre managers, administrators, senior research fellows and post doctoral researchers. 

The newly-launched research centre will also be seeking to recruit up to 87 PhD students, in roles to be based both at UL and nationwide. 

The unit at the Park Point Complex, close to the main UL campus, has been empty for some time, with the development currently occupied by the Travel Lodge Hotel as well as a number of retail warehouse units. 

The site was purchased by UL in 2016 for €4m

CONFIRM has been funded by SFI and industry to a value of €47 million, making it one of the largest new research and development centres in the country. 

CONFIRM is to act as a UL-led consortium made up of more than 200 researchers from the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Cork Institute of Technology, National University of Ireland Galway, Athlone Institute of Technology, Maynooth University and Limerick Institute of Technology. 

The centre will also be supported by 42 industry partners, including technology providers from multinational corporations to the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector across Ireland.

CONFIRM is one of five new research centres to receive funding from the Government through Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).