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Chief scientist says Ireland can be innovation leader

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The goals outlined in Ireland’s ambitious science strategy are eminently achievable provided that both the state and industry continue funding research, the government’s chief scientific adviser Mark Ferguson tells Dick Ahlstrom.

Ferguson advises the Irish government on science strategy and he is also the director-general of the national funding body Science Foundation Ireland. He was heavily involved in the development of the strategy, Innovation 2020, launched in December 2015.

One could argue that he has to talk up the potential of the strategy, but there is little doubt that he firmly believes it can deliver benefits for Ireland. The strategy could make the country an innovation leader and an international hub for investment in this field, he says.

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