SiliconRepublic.com: ‘Ireland needs to engineer itself to be at the crossroads of business and science’ – R&D
Dublin’s role as European City of Science in 2012 is a vital opportunity, says Science Minister.
The idea of a crossroads comes to mind as I scan my eyes around the office of Conor Lenihan TD, Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation. Adorning his desk is a ceremonial sword presented to him by the president of Azerbaijan, while inches away is a purple wind-up radio made in China, but ideal for developing countries where energy is a scarce commodity.
These items are starkly out of place in the grey, uniform offices of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, which would easily inspire a science fiction writer to imagine a dystopian future.
Six months into the job, you have to admit Lenihan’s enthusiasm for science and technology is infectious.