Business leader calls for graduate medical school in UL

IBEC’s Mid-West president Damien Clancy last night called on Minister for Education and Science Mary Hanafin to support a graduate-entry medical school for the University of Limerick.

“A new medical school at UL would be a great boost to the health service in the region, but it would also have many other benefits for the wider economy,” the managing director of Aughinish Alumina said.

He said such a faculty would encourage further development of industry.

Another priority, he said, for the Mid-West was the development of its road infrastructure.

“The region badly needs the fourth Shannon river crossing and it is vital that the Ennis bypass is completed on schedule. We must also look past the opening of the Ennis bypass at where the next bottleneck will be created on the Limerick-Galway dual carriageway and fast-track the completion of this route.”

He said the importance of Shannon to the region cannot be overstated: “A worldclass airport is vital if we are to attract inward investment and safeguard existing jobs in the region.”

He said the greater Limerick city area was vital to the region’s prosperity, which depended on the ability of business to sell quality goods and services at the right price on the global marketplace.

He said business is calling on all public representatives, regardless of party, to line out for the region and ensure the Mid-West is firmly included in the next National Development Plan.

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