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Minister Humphreys launches a new Regional Enterprise Plan for Dublin

Business, Enterprise and Innovation Minister Heather Humphreys together with her colleague, Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Minister Josepha Madigan today launched a new Regional Enterprise Plan for Dublin at an event which saw the announcement of a €10 million redevelopment and expansion of the Guinness Enterprise Centre (GEC). The redevelopment and expansion at the GEC incubation centre has been part-funded by her Department’s Regional Enterprise Development Fund to the tune of €3.2m.

The Regional Enterprise Plan for Dublin is one of nine new Regional Enterprise Plans, which are designed to support enterprise growth and job creation in all regions.

Speaking at the Guinness Enterprise Centre, Minister Humphreys said:

The collaboration in evidence here at the Guinness Enterprise Centre is a great example of what these new Regional Enterprise Plans are fundamentally about. The Plan for Dublin sets out a number of key strategic areas where regional stakeholders, working together, will provide a basis for future enterprise development and job creation that is sustainable in the longer term.

The Minister continued:

In general, we talk about ‘the regions’ as being everywhere but Dublin, but the truth is that Dublin is a region in and of itself. We shouldn’t view Dublin as being in competition with our other regions; instead, they should be viewed as complementary to each other.

You can’t have a strong country without a strong capital, and a thriving Dublin is essential to sustaining continued growth for the whole country. As Ireland’s capital, the city will continue to play a key role in realising our ambition for all of Ireland.

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan, added:

Dublin is a dynamic location for creativity, innovation and new business development which is globally recognised. The Dublin Regional Enterprise Plan is about maintaining that competitive edge in an international context and building on Dublin’s success. The expanded GEC will have an important role to play in delivering to that objective.