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Ministers Humphreys and Halligan welcome Ireland’s rise to 9th in the European Innovation Scoreboard

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, T.D. welcomed Ireland’s strong innovation performance reported in the European Commission’s European Innovation Scoreboard 2018 published today (Friday 22nd June 2018).

The annual Innovation Scoreboard provides a comparative assessment of the research and innovation performance of the EU Member States and the relative strengths and weaknesses of their research and innovation systems.

Minister Heather Humphreys welcomed today’s news, “I am delighted to note the encouraging news that Ireland has risen to 9th place, and continues to be recognised as a Strong Innovator in this year’s European Innovation Scoreboard.

“Innovation is a cornerstone of our overall economic development policy. We know that it is key to maintaining competitiveness for Ireland in global markets, and for providing jobs and sustainable growth in our economy. As committed to in our Innovation 2020 Strategy, the Government’s vision is for Ireland to become a Global Innovation Leader.”

Performance in innovation is assessed using 27 indicators across 10 Innovation dimensions. This year, Ireland tops three of these dimensions.

Ireland remains the overall leader in the Innovators dimension which demonstrates how innovative Irish SMEs are as European leaders in product, process and marketing innovation. Ireland has also retained first place in the Employment impacts dimension which captures employment in knowledge intensive activities and in fast-growing sectors.

Ireland has also gained one place to become the overall leader in Sales impacts. This dimension measures the economic impact of innovation, including exports of medium and high-tech products, knowledge-intensive services as well as sales due to innovation activities.

The Minister for Training, Skills, Research & Innovation, John Halligan. T.D., said “I am delighted at this news. The Government acknowledges that innovation is essential to stay ahead in a rapidly technologically advancing society. We need to continue to build on this success and ensure that effort and investment in research, development and innovation is prioritised to realise our ambition of joining the ranks of the Innovation Leaders.”


The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) plays a key role in implementing the Government’s policies of stimulating the productive capacity of the economy and creating an environment which supports job creation and maintenance. The Department also has a remit to promote fair competition in the marketplace, protect consumers and safeguard workers.

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