Smaller regional harbour innovation hubs are also proposed across Ireland over the next three years, strategically located to provide a local business with skills, knowledge, training and resources to apply disruptive technology to specific projects according to the founder, CEO and private investor, Philip Gannon:
“We have received overwhelming support from local residents and businesses who all understand the huge benefits that this project will bring to the area.”
The objective is to provide a one-stop-shop for companies to rapidly apply advances in technology such as IoT, blockchain, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, 5G and data analytics. The internal fit-out is expected to commence in September, comprising single and multiple work spaces, meeting areas, training rooms, café, restaurant, and underpin €6m annual spend in the local economy.
Lying empty since 2015 and a symbol of emigration, the ferry terminal will become a “world-class innovation space that will showcase Ireland’s capabilities in technology, create employment and bring social and economic prosperity not only to Dún Laoghaire and the surrounding areas, but the country as a whole”, added Gannon.