Who We Are

Innovation and Investment Division

The Innovation and Investment Division carries policy and delivery management responsibility for the attraction of foreign direct investment to Ireland, enterprise innovation, intellectual property and North/South activities delivered through multiple agencies as set out below.

The division has responsibility for:

  • contributing to the delivery of effective foreign direct investment (FDI) policy in Ireland by working with IDA Ireland and other government departments to ensure the agency’s strategies are implemented as effectively and efficiently as possible
  • fostering and growing enterprise innovation through IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland; innovation programmes through Enterprise Ireland includes programmes for in-company innovation, connecting enterprise to academic research, commercialisation of research from Higher Education Institutes and the creation of High Potential Start-Up companies. These programmes are aimed at driving exports and creating jobs
  • North/South issues and InterTrade Ireland, involving responsibilities for enterprise and innovation at all-island level
  • intellectual property policy and administration, to ensure Ireland delivers a world class IP management service. This mandate includes the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland (IPOI) in Kilkenny
  • National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI)

Assistant Secretary: John Newham

Units of Innovation and Investment Division

Enterprise Innovation

  • Enterprise Innovation Programmes
  • Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund
  • European Space Agency and EU Space Programmes
  • Smart Specialisation and Enterprise Innovation Policy

Intellectual Property

  • Patents
  • Trademarks and Industrial Designs
  • Copyright

National Standards

  • National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) Liaison

Inward Investment and North South

  • IDA Ireland Liaison
  • North-South
  • EU Tariff Suspension Scheme

Main contact points

UnitContact point
Enterprise Innovation UnitTel: + 353 1 631 2151
Intellectual Property Unit

Fax: + 353 1 6312561

Email: ipu@enterprise.gov.ie


National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) Liaison Unit

Conor Verdon, Principal Officer
Tel: +353 1 631 2418
Email: conor.verdon@enterprise.gov.ie

Ailish Looby
Tel: +353 1 631 2390
Email: ailish.looby@enterprise.gov.ie

Jean Kelly
Tel: +353 1 631 2216
Email: jean.kelly@enterprise.gov.ie

Inward Investment and North South UnitTel: + 353 1 631 2125
Tariff Suspension Scheme

Tel: + 353 1 631 2472

Email: tariffschemes@enterprise.gov.ie