Irish R&D far below European targets, dominated by multinationals

Irish research and development is significantly below European targets and is being dominated by multinationals, according to a new report from the European Commission.

Two thirds of all business-related research and development in Ireland is being done by multinational companies, says the Commission’s Research and Innovation Observatory.
Citing figures from 2014, the report says that Irish R&D “intensity” — expenditure on R&D divided by sales — is 1.52pc, below official EU targets of 2pc.

The report also says that business expenditure here stands at €2.1bn.

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