It is welcome to see the Government commit to further participation with the European Southern Observatory. This something which I lobbied for in last year’s budget and will be welcome news for the industry this year. In addition to this the new disruptive technologies fund of €500 million is very welcome in the changing technology industry.
However beyond those two items it is a disappointing budget for the science and technology sector. There has been a failure to engage with CERN. In my opinion this is an opportunity missed. The Government’s failure to commit to CERN is a strong blow to the scientific community in Ireland. Earlier this year, I visited CERN in Geneva to explore the possibility of Ireland joining the organisation and to build relationships with their executive team. It is clear that the opportunity for Irish researchers to work in CERN is a phenomenal one. Continue Reading →