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Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mary Coughlan T.D, officially opened the Government funded Tyndall National Institute’s new state-of-the-art research building designed by Scott Tallon Walker Architects.

The Tyndall National Institute was created in 2004 at the initiative of the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment and University College Cork (UCC) to bring together complementary activities in photonics, electronics and networking research. The objective was to create a world class research institute, which would become a focal point of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Ireland, to support industry and academia nationally and to increase the number of qualified graduate students for the ‘knowledge economy’.

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The Tyndall National Institute at the National University of Ireland, Cork, is one of Europe’s leading nanotechnology research centres, the Tyndall Institute specialises in ICT hardware research commercialisation of technology and the education of next generation researchers.

Tyndall has a critical mass of over 370 scientists and support staff. The Institute is located in a physically constrained riverside site, within a listed 19th century distillery complex. The form of the new 5,600 sq.m research building stems primarily from its scientific brief, but responds also to the existing buildings on this sensitive site.

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