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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Toast, the fastest-growing restaurant manager platform in the U.S., today launched the opening of its new office in Dublin and officially announced plans to grow its headcount by adding 120 new roles focused on new product development for the company. The Irish site is the company’s first International Technology and Product development centre globally and was first established in 2017. Since then, the team has grown to over 40 staff members across engineering, development and support roles.
Stryker announced today the opening of its Digital Platform Services Centre of Excellence in Dublin, Ireland, and a strategic collaboration with RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) to develop digital solutions for use in emergency and specialist care settings to provide more seamless care coordination for patients suffering from time critical medical emergencies.
MessageBird, the Amsterdam-based cloud communications platform company, today announced that it is expanding its European operations with a new office in Dublin. Led by former Salesforce and Oracle executive, Roberto Marzo, the new office will employ up to 50 new positions over the next 2 years. Initial hires will focus on sales, customer success and support for MessageBird’s fast-growing European customer base. The Dublin office is MessageBird’s 4th office in Europe, and its 8th outpost worldwide.
An Taoiseach, Mr. Leo Varadkar T.D., today officially marked the completion of the landmark €233 million forest resort; Center Parcs Longford Forest. Following an almost two-year construction process Center Parcs Longford Forest has been delivered on schedule and within budget.
Center Parcs Longford Forest will add an entirely new dimension to Ireland’s tourism and leisure market with its all year round short breaks. The resort will welcome its first guests in Ireland in the coming weeks with final preparations underway in earnest.
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Natus Medical Incorporated announced today the expansion of operations in Gort, County Galway with an official opening of a new Distribution Centre Located in the IDA Business Park. The new Distribution Centre is a custom-built 22,000 square foot facility that expands the existing Natus facility in Gort to over 66,000 square feet.
Boston Scientific Galway has officially opened a new facility at its Ballybrit site. The expansion facilitates increased capacity to support global product demand and also includes an industry-leading Equipment Technology Centre. The new facility is at the site of the former Digital building and the company is investing €60M in this phase of development, with over 250 people expected to be based in the new facility by the end of 2019. Boston Scientific Galway has a workforce of over 3,700 people covering all aspects of product design & manufacturing exporting more than four million life saving medical devices each year.
IDA Ireland, the inward investment agency of the Irish Government has today reported a very strong first half of 2019 with 13,500 jobs approved – up 19% on the same time period last year.
LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional social network, has marked the milestone of growing its Irish membership to two million people by announcing that it is creating 800 new jobs which will bring its headcount at its Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) HQ in Wilton Place in Dublin to 2,000 people by summer next year. The expansion is a result of ongoing growth of its business.
BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, celebrated its 50th anniversary of manufacturing in its Dún Laoghaire plant.
The celebration was led by Minister of State for Higher Education and Dún Laoghaire TD, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, and senior leaders from BD and IDA Ireland. Opened in 1969, the site is central to the company’s global pen needle manufacturing operations, with more than 5 billion needles manufactured annually in Dún Laoghaire.
Stryker today announced that it is to invest over €200m in Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) projects at three of its five Cork facilities as it continues its vigorous innovation journey to deliver next generation products and services across its Medical Surgical, Orthopaedics and Neurotechnology and Spine offerings.
Wix.com Ltd. (NASDAQ: WIX), a leading cloud-based web development platform, has added a Customer Support Centre in Dublin, Ireland to further enhance its global support infrastructure and international footprint.
Opus Fund Services today announced the official launch of its European fund administration business based in Dublin, Ireland. This follows a comprehensive application process resulting in authorisation by the Central Bank of Ireland under the Investment Intermediaries Act.
Launched in 2006, the Opus proprietary based technology offering continues to gain rapid traction. To date it has focused on the US market, adding 183 new funds across 133 new clients in 2018 alone.
Deem, a leading mobile and cloud software technology provider, today announced that it will create 50 highly skilled jobs at a new European Innovation Centre in Dublin. Deem’s expansion into Europe is part of a bold growth strategy that will see the company doubling its workforce around the world, including at its headquarters in San Francisco.
IDA Ireland today welcomed the news that Ireland ranks 7th (from 12th)of the 63 countries benchmarked in the 2019 IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook.
QAD Inc. (Nasdaq: QADA) (Nasdaq: QADB), a leading provider of flexible, cloud-based enterprise software and services for global manufacturing companies announced today that it will expand its operations in Ireland and expects to create up to 40 new jobs between its Limerick and Dublin offices over the next three years, bringing the total number employed by QAD in Ireland to over 140. The development is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.
Allstate Sales Group Inc. (ASG), a provider of turnkey engineering and construction services to the telecommunications industry today announced it is to establish software development and CAD support centres in Ireland, at locations in Waterford and Sligo, creating 200 new jobs over the three years. It is the company’s first operations outside the US.
IDA IRELAND has launched a new report detailing the extent to which 5,000 jobs in the Customer Experience (Cx) sector in Ireland will be affected by technological and generational forces over the coming years.
Today marks the official launch of the Irish Cyber Security Cluster, Cyber Ireland, which took place at Cork County Hall and was officiated by Minister David Stanton. The Cyber Security cluster organisation, which is backed by IDA Ireland, brings together industry, academia and government to represent the needs of the sector and aims to enhance the innovation, growth and competitiveness of the companies and organisations in this nationwide cluster.
Tánaiste & Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade Simon Coveney TD today announced that data management and regtech specialist RIMES has established a new office at City Gate, Mahon, Cork, Ireland.
Today, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys T.D., visited Pfizer Ringaskiddy almost 50 years to the day the company first came to Ireland. During her visit, the Minister recognised the significance of this anniversary and the substantial investment of Pfizer in Ireland over the last five decades. The Minister toured part of the large-scale manufacturing site, visiting the New Product Technology Lab, a state of the art $30 Million facility. The visit is part of a series of events to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary in Ireland.
Chairman Emeritus of DLA Piper Senator George Mitchell officially launches the Irish office of the global law firm today. The Irish office of DLA Piper, which is led by Country Managing Partner David Carthy, has already made a number of significant partner hires and will continue to boost the practice to a team of up to 100 high calibre lawyers and business professionals over the coming years. As part of the activity to mark the launch, Senator Mitchell met with Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD to discuss Ireland’s potential as a global centre for legal services post-Brexit.
Dublin, 15 May 2019 - TD Securities is delighted to announce the official opening of its new office in Dublin, located at One Molesworth Street. Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, T.D., joined TD Securities’ CEO, Bob Dorrance, and IDA Ireland CEO, Martin Shanahan, at the official opening ceremony yesterday.
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