Speech by President Michael D Higgins at the Irish Community reception in Cardiff
In a wide ranging speech in Cardiff at the conclusion of his official visit to Wales on 28th October, the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins referred to the Ireland-Wales INTERREG 4A programme which focusses on climate change innovation and sustainable development.
The programme funds projects that connect West Wales with East Coast counties in Ireland, boasting more than 1000 beneficiaries from cross-border training modules, the establishment of over 40 SMEs, the development of over 100 new products and processes and more than twenty measures addressing the impact of climate change.
It is hoped that the next stage of INTERREG funding will include a geosciences element similar to the North-South Tellus project. A preliminary expression of interest lodged by the Geological Survey of Ireland and the Welsh Office of the British Geological Survey is under consideration and a response is expected in early December.
Commenting on President Higgins’ speech, Sean Finlay of Geoscience Ireland said;
“It was clear from the President’s address in Cardiff that Irish-Welsh links are deep and enduring. Expanding these to include science and innovation is a key and welcome objective for both countries.”