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Watch House Cross store closure

Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan has expressed her surprise at the sudden closure today (Tuesday) of the Eurospar store at Watch House Cross, a few miles outside Limerick city. The landmark shop, which is situated on strategic route to the city, has a big customer base in the Meelick/Parteen area. “The sudden closure of the Eurospar store is a blow for the workers and the local community. I understand there are approximately 40 full-time and part-time jobs at stake. There is an onus on the national operator of Eurospar stores, BWG Foods, to ensure that the workers receive full information on their current entitlements and to inform them of the future plans for the store at Watch House Cross,” the Labour TD for the area said. She said the workers have given loyal service to the store and deserved to be treated with respect. “Local people have told me that the store was trading busily and I believe that every effort …

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Big bucks for UL library

The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan has given a commitment to provide €10 million next year for investment in the University of Limerick library project. Welcoming this as “a move that will enhance the educational opportunities in the Mid-West region”, Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey said,“I have received written confirmation from Minister Jan O’Sullivan that €10 million will be made available next year for the extention of the library at the University of Limerick. This is great news and follows a long campaign.” Continuuing, Deputy Carey said, “The need for a library extension at the University of Limerick was brought to my attention by the many Clare students that attend the college. Currently, there are over 13, 000 students attending the University of Limerick but unfortunately the library was designed to cater for 7000 students. This proposed development, which has the benefit of planning permission, will extend the library’s capacity to cater for the student population, adding …

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Major research investment at UL

The Mid-West’s reputation as a leading technology hub will be enhanced by the inclusion of UL’s Lero research centre in a €245m funding plan up to 2020, according to Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan. The fund, which is backed by €155m in government investment and €90m from industry sources, is focused on five world class research centres in Limerick, Galway and Dublin. “I am delighted that Lero will benefit from this funding. The investment will ensure that Lero can continue its cutting edge research in software development. This is good news for UL and good news for Limerick. Our growing reputation as a technology hub will be enhanced as Lero goes from strength to strength. “I would like to acknowledge the role that staff at the Lero centre have played in securing this major investment. Professor Mike Hinchey and his colleagues at Lero have created a co-ordinated, ambitious programme of research that involves other third level institutions and …

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