Ireland is leading the way in innovation in its technology sector, according to a new report.
It is investing more in its research and technology sector in recent years, including investing in new businesses and creating new technology hubs.
Its Innovation Ireland (IFI) chief executive, Conor McAlpine, said he was proud of Ireland’s achievements in the space, and said it was encouraging that there was more investment in Irish companies.
“I’ve never seen a country with a more ambitious agenda for innovation in the last 15 years than Ireland,” he said.
“But we also have a great diversity of talent in our sector.”
The fact that we’ve become the number one country in the world for the amount of investment that we’re making in research and tech, I feel really proud of that.
“There are lots of people who think we’re not doing enough, and there are lots who think Ireland is not doing the right thing.”
That’s the role of a company, is to make sure that the people you hire know that they’re getting the best talent for the best possible work.
“We have a lot of good people at the top, so we’re doing well and it’s exciting.”
The country has been the most active in research, and research is becoming a big part of the economy, with the number of PhDs awarded at Irish universities rising from 7,600 in 2014 to 13,300 in 2020.IFI is also spending £2m to create the next generation of companies.
McAlpine said the IFI had started to invest in new companies, but added that more research and research-related investments needed to be made.
“It’s important to keep investing in research as much as possible,” he told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.
“Research is a good thing to have as part of your portfolio because we need more people to be able to think and be creative in science and technology.”IFI’s innovation and research hub is the first of its kind in the country, which is set to have more than 500 hubs across the country by 2021.
It will include more than 200 new businesses, including a new Irish tech company and a startup.