President Mary McAleese was in Cavan today to launch the Bailieborough Enterprise Centre, a EUR 922,500 state of the art business centre. The project was co-funded by the International Fund for Ireland and Enterprise Ireland who provided €395,000 and €240,000 respectively. Additional funding was also provided by the Bailieborough Development Association, Cavan County Council, Cavan County Enterprise Board and Leader.
The new centre will comprise of 600 sq m of flexible, multi-functional units which will be used as office workspace and training facilities. The development is an initiative of the Bailieborough Development Association, a voluntary community based organisation set up to encourage and sustain news businesses in the community. It was established in 1996 by a number of local people who were concerned about the social and economic well being of the area.
Speaking at the launch, President Mary McAleese said: “The opening of Bailieborough Enterprise Centre is an affirmation of community spirit, exemplifying what can be achieved when we work together. In these uncertain economic times, it is heartening to witness the creation of this centre which testifies to the economic vibrancy within the local community.”
Commenting on the opening of the new Centre, Denis Rooney, Chairman, International Fund for Ireland, said: “The International Fund for Ireland has had a long and successful relationship with Bailieborough Development Association. This very impressive Enterprise Centre is a testament to the impact a committed group can make to their local town and surrounding area. I am delighted to see Bailieborough Development Association go from strength to strength.”
He went on to say: “Building the social and entrepreneurial capacity of the community goes to the very core of the work of the International Fund for Ireland. As part of our ‘Sharing this Space’ strategy, we are keen to work with community groups such as Bailieborough Development Association to ensure that solid economic and social foundations are put in place for the future.”
Peadar Reynolds, Bailieborough Development Association Chairman, said “We are delighted to have President McAleese officiate at the opening, and are particularly pleased with the large turnout from the local community to warmly welcome her to the centre.”
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