Engineers say not enough being done to boost innovation in Ireland

Engineers say not enough being done to boost innovation in Ireland

15 February 2011 at 00:00
78% of engineers surveyed by Ipsos MRBI believe Ireland is not doing enough to boost innovation and support economic recovery.  This was according to the latest data to be released by Engineers Ireland as part of Engineers Week 2011(www.engineersweek.ie), which runs until Sunday, February 20. 
 
John Power, Director General of Engineers Ireland, said there needed to be greater coherence about how Ireland fosters innovation to promote economic recovery.  “The Smart Economy framework is a notable first step towards fostering the innovation necessary in new emerging sectors such as biotechnology and the Green economy that will facilitate a sustainable economic recovery for Ireland.  However, the feedback we are getting from our members, including those in the technology sectors and in SMEs, is that more must be done.” 
 
“This not only refers to how the state financially supports innovation,“ continued Mr Power, “but also in terms of reducing the barriers to creativity and entrepreneurship that still exist, such as high rates, corporate red tape and our poor quality of broadband.  New jobs will be the result of a business environment that allows innovation to bloom.  They will not result from ploughing money into new public sector agencies and inefficient job creation funds.  We want positive news stories like the Fidelity software engineering job announcement yesterday to be the rule rather than the exception.” 
 
As part of Innovation Day, the second day of Engineers Week 2011, Engineers Ireland was partnering with DIT Bolton Street, UCD and Trinity to promote innovation and creativity in 3rd level institutions by highlighting the assistive technologies developed by Enable Ireland.
 
Engineers Week runs from February 14 to February 20. Nearly 150 events will take place nationwide over the course of the week.  To find out more information about events taking place near you or to register your attendance log onto www.engineersweek.ie.