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Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD today announced the results of the first round of the new €60m competitive Regional Enterprise Development Fund.

Twenty-one successful applicants representing all regions of the country have secured up to €30.5m for their projects in the first competitive call. Over €14m has been approved for projects in the southern region, over €11m for projects in the eastern and Midlands.

Barry Kennedy, CEO, Irish Manufacturing Research said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this significant regional investment. This research capability will deliver real impact for industry both regionally and nationally, leading to significant job creation nationwide. This funding will also have an important social impact. It will support the development of technologies to enable people with conditions such as autism or physical disabilities engage successfully in the workplace. As a group of manufacturing researchers, this is an initiative that we are proud to be part of

Details of the Regional Enterprise Development Fund are available on Enterprise Ireland’s website www.enterprise-ireland.com/REDF

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