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Grand Canal Innovation District

Progressing an innovation district in the Docklands area is an opportunity to shape development there in a way that maximises the benefits for the local area, the city, the region and country. It can provide an internationally visible statement of Ireland’s commitment to innovation.

— Report of the Grand Canal Innovation District Advisory Group, Department of the Taoiseach, Jan 2020

What will an Innovation District achieve for Ireland?

The development of an innovation district involves clustering research centres, entrepreneurs and educational institutes, start-ups and larger companies, cultural institutes and community amenities in a concentrated urban environment. Universities typically act as the anchor tenant physically located in the centre of the district. Such a district will produce a sum that is greater than its parts, driving inward investment, new collaborations and jobs. Trinity has a 5.5 acre campus at the heart of the Grand Canal neighbourhood for which it has ambitious redesign plans as an innovation campus. By working together, we have the opportunity to deliver an internationally leading innovation district for Ireland. This district will not just be a business park, but a place where everybody, whether office worker, tourist or local resident will want to spend time, socialise and innovate.