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Government research spending rose in 2018

Ireland’s government spent €750 million on R&D during 2018, a record high, says John Halligan, training, skills and innovation minister.

The national R&D budget adds together spending by 30 government departments and agencies. In a review released on 5 October, four days before the 2019 budget update, the government said 2018 spending had topped 2017’s €740m R&D spend.

The largest share of funding, just over 50 per cent, was disbursed by a cluster of agencies including the business and innovation department, Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland. Together, these agencies spent €380m, the review said.

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