|Minister for Research and Innovation Damien English: “Absolutely convinced” that investment in research was important for Ireland. Photograph: The Irish Times|
Ireland needs to recruit internationally recognised scientific “stars” to help grow our research ecosystem. They help build reputation but also support the Government’s jobs agenda through their discoveries, said the director general of Science Foundation Ireland.
Prof Mark Ferguson was speaking earlier on Thursday as the foundation released its performance report for 2014 and its plans for 2015.
Ireland needed stars, internationally recognised names who are willing to move here to conduct their research. “These people are rare. We have two but we need 20 or 30.”