‘Innovation’ minister Lenihan spins claims spin-outs from Irish university research without credible data

Ireland“Minister of State with responsibility for Science, Technology and Innovation Conor Lenihan claimed today €160 million has been generated this year from companies that grew out of Irish university-based research and claimed Ireland is on a par with the best research centres in the world. However, his claims on the number of companies created in the past five years contrasts with the target of 30 for the next five years, as recently confirmed by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). Political spoofery in respect of the spending of public funds is easier than answering the serious questions about the strategy to be recognised as a ‘world class knowledge economy’ by 2013 …” (more)

[Finfacts, 18 June]

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