Institute of Technology Carlow Hosts European Parliament Delegation
A delegation from the European Parliament budgetary committee (Secretariat of the Committee on Budgets) visited Institute of Technology Carlow last week.
The VIP visitors were welcomed to Institute of Technology Carlow by its president, Dr. Patricia Mulcahy. They were joined for the occasion by several political and business leaders, including: Pat Deering TD; Kathleen Funchion TD; Eamonn Brophy, Acting Director of Services at Carlow County Council; Kieran Comerford, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office; Martin Corkery, Regional Director for the South and South East, Enterprise Ireland; Gearoid Mooney, Divisional Manager for Research and Innovation, Enterprise Ireland and Wendy Hamilton, COO of Netwatch.
The visitors received a presentation on the Institute by Declan Doyle, Vice-President for Development and Research. Brian Ogilvie, Manager of the Institute’s Research and Commercialisation Support Centre outlined how EU funded programmes have contributed to the Institute’s development. The delegates were delighted to meet with Ann-Marie McSorley, Business Development Director at Veri, a software company that offers solutions to compliance in Quality Assuring Training Programmes. An Enterprise Ireland High Potential Start Up company, Veri reduces paper, ensures quality and saves organisations time and money. Ann-Marie participated on the INSPIRE programme in 2014 and later joined the New Frontiers programme in 2015; she has subsequently secured innovation funding to further grow the business.
The European delegates enjoyed a tour of the campus and met French, German and Irish students who have participated in the Erasmus programme. The Irish students had undertaken placement opportunities with major international companies such as Airbus and had studied in Finland, France and the Netherlands. They spoke highly of the opportunity given to them to live, study and work in Europe supported by the Erasmus programme.
Later in the morning Martin Corkery chaired a meeting with the delegates that saw presentations by Kieran Comerford, Gearoid Mooney and Netwatch. The focus of this part of the visit was the way in which the enterprise ecosystem, supported by EU funds, is delivering new businesses and jobs in Ireland.
Returning to Dublin, the EP members had meetings in Dail Eireann. The following day, they travelled on the LUAS and visited Youthreach in Blanchardstown and Blanchardstown Community Training Centre before returning to Brussels.
For reference: Alma Feeley, Communications Office, Institute of Technology Carlow
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