A new centre for innovation In Tralee aims to attract investment and create employment for the region.

The Kerry County Vocational Education Committee provided the site for the centre located on the campus of Tralee Regional College.

The aim of the centre is to provide an environment for the development of projects in the areas of electronics, information technology, mechanical engineering and biotechnology.

The Innovation Centre’s board includes members from the Tralee Chamber of Commerce, the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) and Shannon Development Company, who all contributed to the cost of the centre. Half of the investment came from semi-state bodies and the other half was raised locally.

Maurice O’Connor describes the unemployment problem in the area and how the centre hopes to provide employment for the region.

Smaller innovative centres like this one can in time lead on to greater creators of employment.

Speaking at the first seminar at the venue, Denis McCarthy says the centre wants to incubate small innovative businesses to create employment in the region.

We see it as a catalyst for other small industries to start to develop in the area as well.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 18 February 1991. The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.