Ireland cannot afford to be seen as an innovation-free zone – The Irish Times – Tue, Feb 09, 2010
Interesting article by the President of DCU on innovation in Ireland.
PRESIDENT’S LOG: Expect some interesting clashes between the Government and our new European commissioner ahead, writes FERDINAND VON PRONDZYNSKI
IN THESE difficult times, politicians don’t always get a good press. So it is heartening to see an Irish politician stand on the international stage and make an immediate good impression. I am talking here about Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, the European Commissioner Designate for Research, Innovation and Science.
Ireland cannot afford to be seen as an innovation-free zone. We must want to participate in viable research conducted according to international best practice – we must want to be seen as a location of choice for such research. The commitment against innovation in these key areas is a significant mistake, but we now have a chance to correct this in the light of the new commissioner’s approach, and Irish universities should be up there with the best in Europe addressing this agenda. We don’t need to decide now if we want nuclear power or GMOs, but we do need to say that we will be part of the process of research and discovery in these matters.