Tipperary to receive funding under Digital Innovation Programme

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Tipperary to receive funding under Digital Innovation Programme

Tipperary Fine Gael general election candidate Garret Ahearn has welcomed funding of €14,000 under the Digital Innovation Programme

Two Tipperary programme are to receive funding of €14,000 under the Digital Innovation Programme.

The Department of Rural and Community Development initiative is designed to encourage local authority led projects that support digital development. These initiatives address a diverse range of issues, but are all linked by the innovative use of digital technology and infrastructure to bring real, tangible benefits to local communities.

Sign of the Times has been approved funding of €8,000. The Tipperary Town Gold Star Disability Awareness HSE Project works in partnership with a number of specialist agencies in the community, including DeafHear.ie and Tipperary County Council. They aim to create and design an interactive learning tool to work with young people and members of the Deaf community in Tipperary, suitable for use with young people in secondary schools and anyone who has an interest in learning to communicate through Irish Sign Language (ISL).  

“The plan is to develop a basic app available for use in all civic and public offices across the county, for all community and voluntary services so that when a Deaf client presents to any of these services, they and the staff they interact with have a resource to enable them to communicate effectively," said Tipperary Fine Gael general election candidate Garret Ahearn.

Precision Farming/Precision Agriculture (PA) will receive €6,000 in funding.  The modern farming management concept uses digital techniques to monitor and optimise agricultural production processes.

"Rather than applying the same amount of fertilisers over an entire agricultural field or feeding a large animal population with equal amounts of feed, PA will measure variations in conditions within a field and adapt its fertilising or harvesting strategy accordingly," Ahearn added. 

It will assess the needs and conditions of individual animals in larger herds and optimise feeding on a per-animal basis.  This project will undertake the research and stakeholder engagement necessary to designing a PA trial at a research farm.