- Intel Ireland today launched ‘The Remarkable Rye Water’ a special publication which celebrates over two decades of investigations which have documented the aquatic life and water quality of the River Rye
- The publication was launched at a celebratory event attended by local representatives, interest groups and Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
- Intel’s commitment to the River Rye has amounted to more than €500,000 over the last 20 years and includes not only the detailed annual reporting but also a number of major projects to rehabilitate and enhance the Rye Water, working to preserve and enhance its natural habitat
Since first establishing operations at the Leixlip campus in 1989 Intel has been aware of the rich biodiversity contained within parts of our site and also the significance of the Rye water and its Valley. Intel has long standing commitment to the monitoring of the river through the funding of detailed annual reports that provide extensive resources on features of the Rye.
This detailed monitoring of the River Rye, one of the longest running continuous freshwater assessments of salmonid populations, has reached an important milestone as we are now in the 20th year of reporting. To mark this occasion, and to share the wealth of unique information obtained through many years of monitoring, Intel has commissioned a special publication. The publication, compiled by AQUENS at University College Dublin, is an important reflection of the invaluable data that has been provided by the river water and valley.
Speaking at the launch, Minister Deenihan said “The publication of ‘The Remarkable Rye Water’ is testament to Intel’s ongoing efforts in this area. This publication provides a 20 year record of the river’s aquatic life and of its water quality. The Rye Water is among the few rivers in the country which can boast such long term aquatic records, thanks to the continued financial support and commitment of Intel Ireland. The successful interaction between a modern manufacturing plant and the most sensitive of environments is a demonstration of what can be done with the right attitude and commitment from all sides. Lessons can be learned from this project which could help in the development of the Irish Agri-food and Fisheries industries in an environmentally sustainable manner”.
Intel’s commitment to the River Rye has amounted to more than €500,000 over the last 20 years and includes not only the detailed annual reporting but also a number of major projects to rehabilitate and enhance the Rye Water, working to preserve and enhance its natural habitat. The story of the river to date is an important example of how industry presence in local communities can go hand in hand with fostering an interest in biodiversity.
The launch of the special publication forms part of a series of events and projects being held by Intel to mark Responsible Business Week which is now in its 6th year and is organised by Business in the Community Ireland. Responsible Business Week is designed to raise the profile of responsible business practices and define the urgent issues business needs to address in the areas of community, workplace and sustainability.
Also speaking at the launch event, Intel Ireland’s Director of Corporate Affairs Brendan Cannon said “The Rye River is an important and beautiful natural feature of our Intel campus and we are strongly committed to its preservation and enhancement. By commissioning this special publication we hope to create a timeless and unique resource to be shared by many and to highlight the years of detailed monitoring and assessment which have helped us to understand this unique amenity. The Rye River initiatives over the past number of years, including the establishment of the Friends of the Rye interest group, have been a shining example of positive collaboration between a group of diverse stakeholders”.
Minister Jimmy Deenihan and Brendan Cannon of Intel pictured at the launch of ‘The Remarkable Rye Water’
Intel’s Brendan Cannon and Mark Rutherford receive a hand painted canvas from AQUENS Ltd. presented by artist Aoife Quinn
Minister Deenihan presents the first copy of the publication to Anne Bracken, wife of the late Prof. John Bracken
Mary Kelly-Quinn of AQUENS Ltd. at University College Dublin, addresses the audience at the launch event
Further images from the event can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/intel_irl/sets/72157631804118072/
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