Ireland is “Forging ahead” in R&D, English tells GEN Magazine

Business, I.T., Research and Innovation

I was delighted recently to sit down with GEN Ireland and be interviewed for their magazine about my work as Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, and the work we are doing in Ireland to put Research, Development and Innovation at the coalface of our economic recovery.

You can see a video of my interview here:

From a standing start 10 or 15 years ago, Ireland has shot up the international league tables for R&D and Innovation.  This did not happen by accident.  Successive Governments, including the one in which I have the honour of serving as Minister, have realised its potential, and given it priority, protecting funding and pursuing top level talent, even in bad economic times.

But now we must plan and grow for the future too.  We cannot afford to stand still.  Therefore the Irish Government will be publishing a new strategy for science, technology and innovation in October that will target increasing the country’s investment in research and development (R&D) from 1.7pc of GDP in 2014 to 2.5pc by 2020.

You can read the full article here: