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  1. An Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, visited Redbrick on the 21st May 2001. He
  2. came as a guest to a press conference to launch Redbrick\'s new Sun
  3. Enterprise 450 server (, donated to the society
  4. by Sun Microsystems. He also congratulated the society on it\'s recent
  5. achievements (winning the [Best Society](/Best_Society "wikilink") in
  6. DCU, working with both the Access Office and Community Office in DCU to
  7. promote computing through \"open labs\"), and was presented with
  8. honrorary membership of the society! (username:
  9. [bertie](/User:Berties "wikilink"). Please don\'t send him too much
  10. email\...).
  11. ## Bertie gets honorary membership
  12. [Image:Rbwiki_BertieAhernVisit_karlbertie.jpg](/Image:Rbwiki_BertieAhernVisit_karlbertie.jpg "wikilink")
  13. ## Schedule for the day
  14. [Press Release
  15. (Schedule)](/Media:Rbwiki_BertieAhernVisit_press-fax.doc "wikilink")
  16. ## Bertie Ahern\'s Speech
  17. [An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern\'s
  18. speech](/Media:Rbwiki_BertieAhernVisit_DcuBertieSpeech.doc "wikilink")
  19. Speech by the Taoiseach,\
  20. Mr. Bertie Ahern T.D., at the Launch of\
  21. DCU\'s Networking Society\'s new server\
  22. at Dublin City University,\
  23. Thursday 21 May 2001 at 3.00pm\
  24. Acknowledgements
  25. Professor Ferdinand Von Prondzynski, President DCU;\
  26. Dr. Patricia Barber, Registrar;\
  27. Donal Mulligan, Chairman, Redbrick Student Society.\
  28. I\'m delighted to be here in DCU today, next door to my old school St.
  29. Aidan\'s, to celebrate the introduction of your new server. I\'ve been
  30. told that the new server has roughly thirty times the memory capacity
  31. and forty-five times the storage capacity of the original redbrick
  32. server, which you launched only five years ago. It just goes to show the
  33. massive improvements that continue to take place in technology.
  34. I want to congratulate you, Karl , on winning the \'Best Society
  35. Individual\' award at the Clubs and Societies Awards here in DCU.
  36. Congratulations also to Redbrick for achieving the \'Best Society\' from
  37. the Board of Irish College Societies. This is an excellent achievement
  38. for a relatively new society.
  39. I noticed from the news reports section of the Redbrick website that the
  40. question you ask freshers when you want to get them to join is \"do you
  41. like beer\", because, according to the report, beer is what Redbrick is
  42. all about!
  43. Looking at the work that your society is involved in, I don\'t know
  44. where you get time for beer. You are involved in a range of projects
  45. that goes beyond the university and out into the local community.
  46. One of the aims of the Redbrick society is to help educate people in the
  47. usage of Internet utilities and resources. Your courses provide
  48. opportunities for students, including learning about a new operating
  49. system or becoming familiar with the Internet. You also provide courses
  50. for children in the local area and beyond. Your assistance provides a
  51. valuable resource to ensure that the coming generation can participate
  52. more fully in the information society.
  53. We in Government recognise the Net as a huge opportunity for Ireland. We
  54. are already taking advantage of it in many ways. Over the last few
  55. weeks, two major public service projects have taken important steps
  56. forward. The OASIS and BASIS websites, which provide unified points of
  57. access to the citizen and to business respectively, now provide detailed
  58. information for users. You can also download application forms for a
  59. huge range of public services from these sites.
  60. Job seekers can use the FÁS site to view a range of employment
  61. opportunities. By the end of next year we are aiming to have birth
  62. certificates, passports and driving licences available online.
  63. The Government has taken a number of key initiatives in the area of
  64. connecting people to the Information Society, ranging from international
  65. connectivity through the Global Crossing link, to the CAIT Initiative
  66. which will help to connect local communities to the Net, an initiative
  67. which has generated huge interest.
  68. Because we, as a Government, recognise the importance of looking to the
  69. future, we are investing heavily in our people, in skills development,
  70. and, to an unprecedented degree, in R&D - with an allocation of nearly
  71. two BILLION pounds, to move our IT sector up the value chain in the
  72. competitive global economy.
  73. You picked some interesting names for previous servers used by the
  74. society, including \'nurse\', \'nanny\' and \'mother\'. These words are
  75. usually associated with caring and nurturing, and I must say they seem
  76. particularly appropriate for the work that you do with the North Dublin
  77. Access Programme and the Centre for Talented Youth. You are nurturing a
  78. new generation of children who will become Internet aware and computer
  79. literate because of your work. I\'m sure many of these children will
  80. soon be coming here as students, with a keen interest in computer
  81. applications and networks, thanks in large measure to the tutoring that
  82. you provide.
  83. Already, the current generation is witnessing a communications
  84. revolution - one that is changing forever the way we live - giving us
  85. more information and empowering us in all kinds of ways.
  86. We\'re familiar with the figures, that 4 out of every 10 Irish people
  87. have access to the Net - and that figure is growing all the time, as the
  88. internet becomes increasingly relevant to our lives. Students all over
  89. the country have Internet access in their schools and colleges.
  90. It is very encouraging to see the partnership between Sun Microsystems
  91. and the society. The new server is not just your average PC. It is a
  92. state-of-the-art network server with massive storage and memory
  93. capacity. It will provide a platform not just for the society but also
  94. for student projects and of course for the children involved in the
  95. Access Programme and the Centre for Talented Youth courses. I know that
  96. the society is very grateful for this generous sponsorship.
  97. Keeping Ireland at the forefront of the Information age will not be
  98. easy. It will require massive investment in infrastructure, training and
  99. education.
  100. The Government is determined to see the benefits of the Information
  101. Society made widely available to maximise the opportunities available
  102. for all citizens. That\'s why we\'re focusing on developing the
  103. Information Society in Ireland. We know how important it is to make the
  104. new technologies relevant to everyday life - for everyone. That\'s why
  105. my Department is currently working with other Government Departments to
  106. identify how they can best deliver their services electronically.
  107. The internet is central to the delivery of online Government services -
  108. and becoming more so. There will come a time - and the sooner the better
  109. * when internet access will be \"always on\", ready to use speedily on
  110. whatever device people want to access it, to get information, for
  111. entertainment, or of course, to advertise a society outing.
  112. I wish you every success with this new server, which should assist you
  113. in your excellent work for many years to come.
  114. ENDS
  115. [Category:Redbrick History](/Category:Redbrick_History "wikilink")