Category Archives: education

What now for an Irish strategy for the multinational sector ?

Published in my column of 3rd June 2013 in the Irish Times – what happens when tax avoidance is no longer a viable Irish industrial policy ?… There is something exquisitely wry about a Republican dominated US Congress now questioning … Continue reading

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US Presidential Candidates and Innovation

This article appeared in today’s Irish Times.  In it,  I try to briefly summarise Obama’s and Romney’s positions on innovation,  including R&D funding,  immigration policy,  corporate taxation and net neutrality.   There’s a tremendous amount that could be discussed,  but … Continue reading

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“Go West, Young Man” – “Go for the Best, whereever”

I wrote this for the Irish Times on the 25th June 2012.   In it I revisit the influence of the Irish on San Francisco;  some current parallels between the Irish and Californian economies;  and the primary challenge of any … Continue reading

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Irish tech sector stifled by under-developed public interest in tech and science

Here’s an opinion piece I wrote for the Irish Sunday Independent today.. Last year was one of the best years in the history of the IDA. A record 248 new investments were won, against fierce international competition and despite our generally … Continue reading

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The tech sector is buoyant, exports are strong, there are open job positions — where are people to fill them ?

My article from yesterday’s Irish Times Innovation Magazine… I recently had the privilege of attending the 2012 BT Young Scientist celebration dinner. Eric Doyle and Mark Kelly jointly gave a wonderful and well-delivered winners’ speech, explaining the background to their … Continue reading

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Innovation Ecosystem Symposium

I spoke this morning at the “Innovation Ecosystem” symposium,  organised by TCD and supported by NAIRTL. I was asked to talk about some of my experiences of Silicon Valley and Dublin as regards innovation;  how IONA came about,  and my thoughts on … Continue reading

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The “Smart Economy” – what can it really deliver ?

I gave a keynote this afternoon at the Irish eGovernment symposium as part of the eGovernment awards,  supported by eircom. The general theme of the symposium was “doing more with less”,  and I understand that in the morning session there … Continue reading

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Whither Irish Education ?

The Irish Times asked me to do an update of my MacGill Summer School speech for their recent Innovation Magazine.  It was limited to 800 or so words,  but I also took the opportunity to cross reference (both URLs are … Continue reading

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MacGill Summer School: Education – Reform and Innovation Required?

I was a panellist in a session on “Education – Reform and Innovation Required?” this afternoon at the MacGill summer school.   Joining me on the panel were Finbarr Bradley,  UCD, NIUM and DCU;  Hugh Brady,  UCD President;  Mary Coughlan … Continue reading

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Innovation Taskforce – Second Implementation Group meeting

The second meeting of the Implementation Group for the Innovation Taskforce took place yesterday afternoon. It had a pretty full attendance, but was held in a relatively small conference room in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation – the … Continue reading

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