Dublin's Digital Village to be at the forefront of the global media revolution.

Plans are in place for the development of Dublin's Digital Hub as a world class centre for research and development for internet and information technology companies.

Dublin's proposed Digital Village got a boost this week with the purchase for fifteen million pounds of a sixty acre site at Guinness' St James' Gate brewery. Twenty thousand information packs have now been sent to residents of Dublin's South West Inner City explaining exactly what is in store for their neighbourhood. 

Eve-Anne Cullinan of the Digital Hub Management explains that,

The core idea is around world class research and development.

The Digital Hub will be phased over ten years. 

The Digital Hub will put Ireland at the forefront of the global digital media revolution.

Media Lab Europe (MLE), which is one of the key tenants in the hub, will play a central role in the development of the Digital Hub. 

Karlin Lillington, Technology Journalist with The Irish Times compares the project to the development of Silicon Valley in the United States. 

John Gallagher of the South West Inner City Network believes that it is vital that locals are involved in the development in order for it to succeed. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 20 February 2001. The reporter is Susan Byrne.