FF welcomes R&D funding but warns of more hype than substance

Research and developmentFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary has expressed concern that the latest Research & Development announcement is yet another case of more spin than substance from the Government.

“The research funding announced today is certainly welcome and the teams involved are to be congratulated on the excellence of their work,” said Deputy Calleary.

“But unfortunately as with everything to do with this Government, there is less substance to this announcement than the hype created by the Ministers involved. All but the smallest of those due to receive ‘new’ funding are existing centres that have received funding from the State for some time, and are just coming to the end of their current funding cycle.

“What the Ministers have failed to address is the very real concern in the scientific community that the highly successful broadly-based research system built up in the last decade is under threat from concentrating funding on a handful of programmes chosen by ministers.  After two years in office, the Government has not replaced the Strategy for Science Technology and Innovation which has come to an end, with the targets having been met well ahead of time.

“It is time for the Government to stop the cynical approach of hyping individual announcements and refusing to explain what will happen to researchers throughout the country who will lose out if the policy of restricted prioritisation continues.

“I have begun engaging with stakeholders in the science & technology sector to hear their concerns directly.”

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