Archive for IDA

Irish science is a real cause for optimism

Posted in research with tags , , on 30 August 2010 by Steve

“… just over two decades ago, Ireland’s international performance in terms of the quality of scientific publications was below that of Bangladesh. The quantity of output relative to our population was well below the EU average. In the last ten years, our output has accelerated like no time in our history. We have exceeded the EU average and are now at OECD levels …” (more)

[Graham Love, Sunday Business Post, 29 August]

IBM to create up to 200 research jobs in Dublin

Posted in research with tags , on 25 March 2010 by Steve

“IBM will create up to 200 jobs in Dublin over the next three years at a new research centre. The €66 million development in its Smarter Cities Technology Centre, which will be located at IBM’s Mulhuddart site, will be assisted by the IDA …” (more)

[Ciara O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 March]

Competence Centres just the business for third-level research

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 12 March 2010 by Steve

“The launch this week of Competence Centres by Minister for Enterprise Mary Coughlan was a formality for an industry-led research initiative that is already under way. Five of the proposed nine centres have received €1 million in start-up funding. The centres are the latest in a long line of Government research and development (R&D) initiatives, but they are a step that all involved say is significantly different …” (more)

[Ian Campbell, Irish Times, 12 March]

Tánaiste announces €56m for industry-led research

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 March 2010 by Steve

“Tanaiste Mary Coughlan has announced a €56 million investment in industry-led research with the launch of nine Competence Centres. A mix of multinationals and small and medium-sized indigenous firms will be directly involved in nine centres designed to bridge the difficult gap between the laboratory and the market place …” (more)

[Ian Campbell, Irish Times, 11 March]

Recovery boost as Tánaiste announces €56 million research investment

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 10 March 2010 by Steve

“Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment Mary Coughlan TD today provided a welcome €56m boost to companies determined to succeed and grow in the Smart Economy. Conceived by her Department as part of the Government’s Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation, the Competence Centres are being delivered jointly by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland. Clusters of companies will work together to overcome common research challenges and drive opportunities for innovation, growth and jobs …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 10 March]

First ‘competence centre’ is launched

Posted in research with tags , , on 10 March 2010 by Steve

“Enterprise Ireland and the IDA have launched the first of five new Research & Development centres in conjunction with universities and companies. The new ‘competence centres’ are a new model of research and innovation which will involve clusters of companies working together with colleges to overcome research challenges and drive innovation …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 10 March]

Ireland’s future depends on continued investment in research

Posted in research with tags , , on 10 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Recently I attended a workshop organised by the IDA that addressed the relationship between universities and industry, looking at how this could be harnessed for the future development of the Irish economy. The event allowed senior university officers to talk informally with senior business leaders in an open forum. But more importantly, it highlighted how Ireland’s opportunities to attract new investment were critically dependent on research and innovation …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Irish Times, 10 November]

Funding to support the financial system

Posted in research with tags , , on 16 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“One of the first conversations I had with Seán Dorgan, then the CEO of the IDA when I started in SFI, was related to a proposal that had come from the Department of the Taoiseach that more q research and training be carried out in the area of financial maths. The IFSC is a spectacular success story but it needed an extra layer of activities to keep it as a world leading location for financial transactions. The concern which had been expressed by the IFSC Clearing House Group and by an analysis of the future skills performed by Forfás was that the more routine administrative tasks at the IFSC would be moved to less expensive locations and hence that the IFSC should shift to higher levels skills in financial management as opposed to administration …” (more)

[Frank Gannon’s Blog, 16 October]

IBM locates major risk ‘collaboratory’ in Ireland

Posted in research with tags , , , on 16 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Computing giant IBM is establishing a new Risk Management Analytics research centre in Dublin that will collaborate with UCC, IRCSET, Science Foundation Ireland and the company’s other analytic centres across the globe. In an IDA Ireland-supported investment, IBM plans to utilise the vast expertise of its research labs – harnessing next-generation analytics and intelligent software – to develop enhanced methods and tools that will help companies in industries such as manufacturing, pharmaceutical, health care and government to better manage risk …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 16 October]