Category Archives: Ireland

A lie told often enough becomes the truth.

This was published in the Irish Times on December 15th 2016. “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” The internet reverberates with catchy populism. The more attention that a piece attracts, the more that people promote it to their … Continue reading

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Why Ireland is a unique location for start-ups, having something that not even Silicon Valley has..

The unique advantage to Ireland for start-ups is not Croke Park (colloquially “Croker”).   Croker is the Irish national centre for our national sports – GAA football and hurling.  Playing there represents the pinnacle of achievement:  equivalent perhaps to Wembley … Continue reading

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Ireland’s drone opportunity

This was published in the Irish Times on the 31st August 2016. “Life is too short for traffic”. Poorly set traffic lights, few encouragements to keep traffic flowing, hardly any red light camera enforcements, and sheer volume of traffic all … Continue reading

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Singapore’s vs Ireland’s start-up ecosystems

A recent visit to Singapore inspired me to put pen to paper on a comparison with Ireland as a start-up ecosystem.  This was published on 8th February 2016: You’re a start-up executive and have opened your company in the heart … Continue reading

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How well has the Irish Government done for Innovation in the last five years?

The current Irish Government has reached the end of its natural life and an election has been announced for the end of February.   I wrote this piece for January 17th when asked to review the performance of the Government on … Continue reading

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Irish Innovation Environment: Aspirations vs Reality

This piece ran in the Irish Times on November 2nd last. “The best small country in the world to do business”. Our Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, first asserted his global ambition for Ireland during his general election campaign in early 2011. … Continue reading

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Innovation – what are the missing gaps in Ireland ?

This piece was written after I had chaired the recent Irish Times/InterTrade Ireland Innovation Awards.  It was published on March 2nd 2015. “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.”   This quote is often attributed to … Continue reading

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