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Minister Alan Kelly T.D. to open ITRN 2011

29 July 2011


Minister Alan Kelly T.D. to open ITRN 2011

ITRN2011 will formally be opened in University College Cork on the 31st August by Deputy Alan Kelly T.D. Minister for State, at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport with responsibility for Public and Commuter Transport, the President of University College Cork, Dr. Michael Murphy and Mr John Mullins, CEO Bord Gais Eireann.  A special panel discussion entitled 'Transportation technology and the road to improved energy efficiency and emissions reduction in the 21st Century' will take place before the gala dinner in the historic, Aula Maxima in University College Cork on the 31st August. The pre-conference launch by the Lord Mayor of Cork City, Cllr. Terry Shanahan and the Mayor of Cork County, Cllr. Tim Lombard will take place on the 30th August in the City Hall. ITRN2011 will feature two plenary sessions, one panel discussion, three special technical sessions and sixteen parallel sessions with 80 oral presentations. In conjunction with ITRN2011 the inaugural workgroup meeting of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Vehicular Technology Society (IEEE VTS) UK and Republic of Ireland Chapter will take place on the 30th August also in University College Cork. This brings another dimension to ITRN2011.

 

Biography

Alan Kelly T.D. (Labour) is Minister for State, at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport with responsibility for Public and Commuter Transport. He is a former Senator and Member of the European Parliament (MEP). Alan attended University College Cork where he completed a BA in English and History (1995). He also completed an M.Phil in Political History (1997). Kelly continued his education at Boston College where he achieved a Certificate in Leadership (1999). He returned to Ireland shortly after this and completed an MBS in eCommerce (2002). Alan subsequently worked as an eBusiness Manager with Bord Fáilte and Fáilte Ireland. Since taking over his Ministerial brief he has launched a review of the taxi sector, and arranged €4million worth of funding for sustainable travel projects outside the Greater Dublin Area as part of the Jobs Initiative Smarter Travel Funding Package. He actively promoted securing of the ITS Ireland successful bid to host the next European Intelligent Transport System Congress in 2013.