Plans for a state-of-the-art science and technology interactive learning centre beside Dublin's Heuston Station were announced today.
The "Exploration Station" is to be built on State land as part of the "Heuston Gate" development that was launched today by the Minister of State at the Office of Public Works, Mr Tom Parlon.
It will predominantly feature science and technology exhibitions and afford children and their offer hands-on experiences. It is hoped the new centre will be opened in 2006.
The 50,000 square foot building will be designed, fitted out and maintained by the Irish Children's Museum, a charitable trust that relies on corporate and personal donations.
The Tánaiste and Minister for Trade, Enterprise and Employment, Ms Harney, said the museum would provide a "voyage of discovery" for children.
She noted there were "some issues about ongoing support which have not yet been resolved" but said she was hopeful the centre could begin to address some of the deficiencies in teaching science to young people in Ireland.
Mr Michael Collins, chairman of the Irish Children's Museum Ltd., said the intention behind the project was to "kickstart the neural pathways in children in Ireland."