Ireland is one of the leading Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) locations in the world. It offers the ideal commercial, political and social environment for companies to carry out successful and profitable RDI activities. This has attracted global leaders in key high-tech industries to undertake RDI projects in areas such as Pharmaceuticals, Bio Technology, Medical Devices, ICT and Financial Services.
An exceptional level of collaboration between industry, academia, state agencies and regulatory authorities drives Ireland’s dynamic RDI sector. This is supported by a highly pro-business government policy. The Innovation 2020 strategy on R&D, science and technology aims for Ireland to become a Global Innovation Leader.
A world-class research system, designed to work with and for the benefit of industry, is being further developed thanks to an unprecedented investment of €8.2 billion under the Irish government’s strategy for Science Technology and Innovation.
Ireland offers a strong and growing RDI environment, complemented by a robust Intellectual Property (IP) regime. A young, skilled and well-educated workforce, with strong technological and business skills, and a low corporate tax rate, further strengthens this environment.
Ireland is 11th in global scientific ranking for overall quality of scientific research, an impressive upward trajectory from a position of 48th just 13 years ago.
IDA Ireland plays a leading role in RDI development by providing funding support for suitable projects. It also identifies support opportunities from partner organisations, such as Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland and Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland.
In addition to RDI funding, IDA Ireland has a number of direct support mechanisms, including employment and training grants. It also works closely with companies to ensure they have the facilities, resources and supports needed to establish and expand their RDI operations.
IDA Ireland has an extensive programme of grant aid for RDI projects. This includes a 25% R&D tax credit designed to encourage companies to undertake new or additional RDI activity in Ireland. Contact IDA Ireland for a comprehensive list of other supports and aid available to companies.
Multiple research centres are located throughout Ireland focusing on RDI projects for specific key industry sectors. These range from ICT to Nanotechnology and Marine Science. They include:
ADAPT - Centre for Digital Content Platform Research
AMBER - Advanced Materials and Bio-Engineering Research
APC - Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre
CONFIRM SMART MANUFACTURING
CúRAM - Centre for Research in Medical Devices
iCrag - Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences
INFANT-Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research
INSIGHT - Irelands Big Data and Analytics Research Centre
I-PIC - Irish Photonic Integration Research Centre
LERO - The Irish Software Research Centre
MaREI - Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) - The SFI Centre for Marine Renewable Energy Research
SSPC - Synthesis & Solid State Pharmaceutical Cluster
Telecommunications Software and Systems Group
Tyndall National Institute
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ThousandEyes, the network intelligence company that provides visibility into the Internet, cloud and every network that companies run on, announced the company’s expansion into Ireland with the opening of a sales and services office in Dublin.
An initiative to establish a national cyber security cluster in Ireland has been announced today. Facilitated by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), the national cluster will be called Cyber Ireland and is supported by IDA Ireland.
IDA Ireland today welcomed the announcement that Barclays has received regulatory approval from the Central Bank of Ireland for the bank’s enlarged Irish operation and the expansion of its licensed pan-European activity, encompassing corporate and investment banking, wealth management and card services.
MathWorks today announced accelerated growth in its Ireland office, as it looks to fill over 20 current job openings. Established in Galway in late 2016, MathWorks Ireland also expects to fill 65 additional jobs in 2019.
ReliaQuest, today announced the grand opening of their 1st office location outside of the United States in Leopardstown, Dublin. Founded in 2007, ReliaQuest today employs over 300 staff across its 3 office locations in Tampa, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Dublin, Ireland. ReliaQuest plans to create 100 new jobs in their Dublin office over the next 3 years. These jobs will mainly be within their Security Operations Centre, consisting of security engineers, analysts and content developers.
Move to new, larger premises in Waterford signals company’s plans to develop a flagship facility to spearhead its activities in Ireland and worldwide
New fast landing service to provide collaborative work environment
IDA Ireland, in partnership with IT Sligo and Sligo County Council, have today officially opened a new fast landing property solution. The establishment of IDA Ireland’s first fast landing service at Embankment House, Sligo, to be known as ‘The Landing Space’, will provide an open plan, turnkey collaborative working environment for companies who wish to quickly and easily establish operations in the North West region.
Accela, the leading provider of cloud-based productivity solutions for government, announced today the opening of its Dublin office and plans to double the company’s current Ireland workforce.
INIT, a world-leading supplier of intelligent transport systems, celebrated the opening of its new software development centre in Maynooth, Co. Kildare today. Currently, a team of eight employees is working on the software for INIT’s ticketing systems as well as for field devices. Future plans include the provision of up to 20 additional high-skilled jobs in the areas of software development, in C++ and C#. The celebration marks the company’s first operations centre outside Germany.
Leading Australian travel insurer, World Nomads Group (WNG), today announced the launch of its European operations and headquarters in Cork to support its international expansion strategy. The new Cork-based operation will directly manage the company’s European travel insurance business with the establishment of a Managing General Agency (MGA) in Ireland.
70 new Tech jobs to be created over next 2 years
ALPS Electric (Ireland) Limited celebrated its 30th Anniversary at its facility in Millstreet, Co. Cork.
ALPS Electric (Ireland) Limited was founded in Millstreet Town, County Cork in 1988 as a manufacturing base of ALPS Customers in Europe. Today ALPS Electric (Ireland) Limited employs over 700 people in Millstreet Town. The Facility has 56,000 square feet of world class manufacturing space and including SMT, moulding, decorative parts painting and lasering marking capabilities.
Today Minister Heather Humphreys will open the European headquarters of Entekra™ in Monaghan town. Entekra will create 100 new high-skilled jobs in the area following an investment announced earlier this year in May 2018. These jobs will be in the areas of design engineering, finance, marketing and customer support.
Agilent Technologies Ireland Ltd. today held the official opening of a new, purpose-built research and development extension to its Little Island, County Cork facility.
SentryOne has onboarded a new Software Development Engineering team out of its Dublin City Centre, Ireland, office to accommodate their rapidly-growing EMEA footprint. Since opening in May 2018, the Irish subsidiary has quickly become entrenched in the EMEA Microsoft Data Platform community.
Genesys® (www.genesys.com), the global leader in omnichannel customer experience and contact centre solutions, today announced it is creating 200 new technology jobs in Ireland over the next three years. The senior and highly skilled technical roles are based at the company’s new Galway office.
Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE/TSX: BHC) (“Bausch Health,” the “Company” or “we”) today announced it will invest to expand contact lens manufacturing capacity at its Bausch + Lomb sites in Waterford, Ireland and Rochester, N.Y. The Company is adding multiple production lines at these two sites to support the manufacture of its innovative daily disposable silicone hydrogel (SiHy daily) contact lenses.
Shire held an official site dedication event at its new state of-the-art biologics facility in Dunboyne, Co. Meath today.
Development of the 120-acre site has been underway since November 2017. Approximately 400 people will be employed at the facility when it is at full capacity.
Facebook Expands Investment in Ireland
Facebook is expanding its investment in Ireland by acquiring a long-term lease of 14 acres for a new campus development in the heart of Ballsbridge in Dublin 4; the premises known as the Bankcentre currently occupied by AIB.
ILC Dover, a global leader in flexible containment solutions for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry today announced it is expanding its Irish production footprint by opening a location in Blarney, County Cork, Ireland creating up to 70 jobs over two years.
The law firm confirmed earlier this year that it plans to build the Dublin office to ten partners with around 40 people in total over the next three years.
Nord Anglia International School Dublin today proudly celebrates its Official Opening with a ceremony attended by the Rt Hon. Lord David Puttnam of Queensgate Kt CBE (Chairman of the School Advisory Board) and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor. Representing the culmination of 18 months of planning with local and government officials, as well as construction, planning and staffing for the campus, the event also marks the notable introduction of Ireland’s first international IB through school for students ages 3-18, uniquely positioned to offer the internationally respected IB curriculum to the students of Dublin’s local, international, and globally mobile families. The school, part of the Nord Anglia Education family of schools, opened its doors to students for its inaugural term in September of 2018.
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