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.