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Grand Canal Innovation District

The Grand Canal Innovation District is an initiative whose time has come. We can’t just repeat the existing formula, we need to keep adapting. Ireland must deepen its relationship with the many innovative multinationals that have located here, and develop stronger links between them and the regions in which they reside.

— An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD

What will an Innovation District achieve?

There is a generational opportunity for Ireland to establish itself as a truly globally innovative country and to underpin our economic prosperity well into the 21st century. What is needed to support this ambition is an innovation district in Dublin's docklands. With a world class university as its beating heart, the Grand Canal Innovation District will attract the best of international talent, generate significant new inward investment and grow indigenous Irish companies, all at an exponential rate.

Grand Canal Innovation District Launch

The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD and Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast announced plans for a new Trinity campus at Grand Canal Quay and the establishment of an innovation district for Dublin on 12 July 2018.

Innovation District

If Ireland can create a world-class innovation system to bridge its foreign and domestic firms, while opening the jobs ladder for everyone, it’ll handle the twists and rolls of the next globalisation wave with aplomb
— OECD Report on Ireland 2016