Following on from the Budget 2016 announcement of €9m funding for Geoscience, the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) today set out an ambitious programme and gave updates on a successful 2015, including:
Grants to support Geotourism and Geoparks
- New groundwater mobile phone App to support clean drinking water
- New offshore mapping from the INFOMAR programme, ending its phase 1.
- National Tellus airborne geophysics survey now 30% complete
- New Research initiatives
Opening the conference, Minister Joe McHugh TD, commented,
“Geoscience in Ireland continues to grow in importance for the entire country and I am happy to be able to support the impactful work of the GSI. In tackling issues as diverse and important as water quality, marine safety, attracting exploration, job creation and R&D, we are underpinning the recovery of our economy. In particular, today, the grants announced for geotourism and the development of the Geopark programme will be a considerable boost to this growing tourism sector. I am also delighted to support the serious financial commitment my department is making to Geoscience and to see new permanent positions being recruited.”
Minister McHugh also noted the success of the Geoscience Ireland (GI) jobs initiative. GI is supported by the Geological Survey of Ireland and Enterprise Ireland and the GI network of companies employs almost 1,200 persons, with a collective turnover of €252 million in 2014, of which 64% comes from overseas business. In 2015 GI member companies reported the addition of 134 new jobs in the first six months of the year.