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Irish univ makes available mapping tool at no cost

Ireland: Researchers at National University of Ireland (NUI) Maynooth’s National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) centre developed a mapping tool and made available for everyone free of cost. 
The tool allows users to pinpoint an area of the country and find its drive time from services such as hospitals and schools. It allows analysis of specific areas across the whole island in terms of accessibility to 24-hour emergency hospitals, fire stations, GP surgeries, Garda and PSNI stations and schools.
Prof Rob Kitchin, Director of NIRSA at NUI Maynooth said mapping tools such as this were critical to policy makers, local authorities, businesses and communities in planning, funding and introducing schemes and initiatives.
NUI Maynooth’s President, Prof Philip Nolan said this was a world-class mapping system. “And it’s great to see a project make such a tangible contribution to the knowledge base of the country. This new system represents a significant breakthrough in the way that planning can be approached across the island of Ireland.”
Source: www.irishtimes.com