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Ireland joins radio telescope collaboration

The Irish government has signed a funding agreement that sees the country join the international LOFAR radio telescope collaboration, one of the largest radio telescopes in the world.

An agreement was signed by John Halligan, junior minister for research, and Patrick Prendergast, provost of Trinity College Dublin, on 28 June allowing Ireland participate in the Low Frequency Array, a €150-million pan-European telescope consortium.

Funder Science Foundation Ireland has already provided €1.4 million to begin installing an Irish LOFAR node at Birr, County Offaly. The government will pay related fees that will see Ireland become a full member of the consortium.

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