University College Dublin (UCD), in partnership with St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG) and The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (MMUH), has opened Ireland’s first in-hospital Knowledge Transfer (KT) Offices. The KT Offices have been established to develop the commercial potential of the research outputs emerging from both hospitals and to extend the reach of their medical advancements […]
The second annual Skillnet Ireland SME Research Conference took place recently in Dublin. Hosted by Skillnet Ireland in partnership with the College of Business in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), the annual conference seeks to strengthen the Irish SME sector through the adoption of the latest evidence-based research.
The conference heard contributions from leading business academics […]
The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published for the 12 weeks ending 22 April 2018, show the Irish grocery market continuing to perform strongly, with overall sales up 3.1% on last year. SuperValu has returned to pole position with a 22.3% share of the market, the first time the retailer has held […]
Research conducted by the BSI Group has underlined the growing concern that European businesses are simply not ready for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Even though 97 percent of companies admit that the implementation of the GDPR will affect their business, just 5 percent say they are fully prepared for the new data regulation, with […]
The European Commission has announced €22 million in funding for a new bio-economy research project to be led by Glanbia Ireland. The project, called AgriChemWhey, will receive €22 million in funding from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
It is the first dairy industry project to […]
University of Limerick (UL) recently unveiled a unique €2 million underwater robot at the docks in Limerick city. The Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) was officially launched by Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen TD.
The Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded ROV Étaín can operate in challenging […]
The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 25 March 2018, show that the Irish grocery market brushed off the Beast from the East to post strong sales growth of 3.8%.
Douglas Faughnan, consumer insight director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Although shoppers had upped their spend in preparation for the Beast […]
In 2017, average hourly labour costs in the whole economy (excluding agriculture and public administration) were estimated to be €26.8 in the European Union (EU) and €30.3 in the euro area. However, this average masks significant gaps between EU Member States, with the lowest hourly labour costs recorded in Bulgaria (€4.9), Romania (€6.3), Lithuania (€8.0), […]
65% of Irish businesses have not reviewed their supply chain to identify current business relationships that might be negatively impacted by Brexit. This was the finding of a business sentiment survey of 350 Irish Businesses carried out by one of Ireland’s leading accountancy firms, BDO.
Spokesperson Michael Costello, Managing Partner, commented: “Brexit will hit Ireland’s unprepared supply […]
With one year to go until Brexit, 62% of Irish entrepreneurs see business opportunities among the risks, according to research published by EY. The research was conducted amongst 130 top entrepreneurs across the island of Ireland who are previous finalists in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme. Collectively the Alumni community employ a total […]
The ‘Beast from the East’ and Storm Emma may have caused havoc to the transport sector but the cold snap provided a huge boost to the Irish grocery market, according to Nielsen retail performance data. Shoppers spent €9.6 million more on groceries (+4%) in the week of the storms than they did the week before and […]
Futurists predict that drone technology will soon significantly transform our daily lives, changing how we deliver and collect goods, giving us new ways to monitor and understand the world around us, and even revolutionising emergency services. However, the roll out of drone applications is currently hampered by a lack of innovative technologies that can guarantee […]
The Government has announced a €29.6 million investment by the Irish Research Council in “frontier research” projects. Thirty-six researchers will receive funding under the Irish Research Council’s new Laureate Awards to conduct ground-breaking research in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and the arts, humanities and social sciences. Projects to be funded under the […]
In 2017, the Irish economy grew by 7.8 per cent. In 2018, GDP is expected to grow by 4.8 per cent, according to the latest ESRI economic forecast. GDP will grow by 3.9 per cent in 2019 based on a technical assumption that a European Economic Agreement (EEA) is in place between the UK and […]
The Government has published the ‘Research Priority Areas 2018–2023’ report. Research Prioritisation, introduced by the Government in 2012, aligns the majority of competitively awarded public investment in research with 14 priority areas. Innovation 2020, Ireland’s strategy for research and development, science and technology, commits to reviewing the priority areas to ensure that they are still valid […]
A hard Brexit would increase the cost of living for all households in Ireland by 2 per cent to 3.1 per cent – an annual increase of €892 to €1,360 per household, according to the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission. Costs would rise the most for lower-income households. These households spend a greater share of […]
Business leaders across Ireland are firm believers in the power of technology and the important role it plays, not only in supporting their own business needs, but in overcoming the wider socioeconomic issues they face. According to research – Technology in a Transforming Ireland – of Irish business leaders commissioned by Fujitsu, nearly 6-in-10 (59 percent) say […]
Sage, a market leader in cloud accounting software, has revealed that Irish SMEs lose up to €2.2 billion annually in productivity due to burdensome administrative tasks.
The report, ‘Sweating the Small Stuff: the impact of the bureaucracy burden’, undertaken by Plum Consulting, shows businesses in Ireland spend an average of 70 working-days per year navigating the […]
Brexit is coming closer and still a lot of questions remain unanswered. People are insecure not only about their own future but also the economic future of Ireland. iReach Insights conducted a nationally representative survey and 1,000 adults were asked about their opinion about the Brexit, it’s potential impact and what Irish people would do, […]
Over 96% of the lens volume produced by Bausch + Lomb, the global eye care specialist, at its plant in Waterford has been developed by the facility’s in-house R&D Laboratory, pointed out Joe Dowling (pictured above), R&D Director, Bausch + Lomb, Waterford, at the recent 2018 Research & Innovation Conference & Exhibition held at Citywest […]
Designed to foster collaboration between industry, academia and government agencies, the 2018 Research and Innovation Conference & Exhibition attracted over 1,000 visitors from across the major industrial sectors in Ireland to the Citywest Hotel, Dublin, on Wednesday, March 14th.
The visitors who braved the inclement weather were able to meet with the key organisations that are […]
The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 25 February 2018, show continued positive momentum among Irish supermarkets, with growth hitting 3.9%.
David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Shoppers have spent an additional €96 million on groceries over the latest 12 weeks compared to last year and two […]
Imagine a future where Irish consumers will be able to gift or sell their solar power across their neighbourhood as well as sharing and managing their own electricity in a myriad of new ways. EnerPort, a new project launched at the recent International Energy Research Centre (IERC) Annual Conference, aims to accelerate peer-to-peer energy trading […]
A survey by the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) has found that on average approximately only 1 out of 10 construction workers are female. The survey found that on construction sites 99% of workers are male, whilst offsite, 54% are male and 46% are female. Of those women working in construction roles considered ‘offsite’ the majority […]
University College Cork has announced the appointment of Jim Corbett (pictured) as Director of the Food Institute UCC, which will be officially launched in 2018. The Food Institute UCC is a collaborative research and learning institute, combining all disciplines across the food spectrum into a single one-stop-shop for all stakeholders in the sector.
Corbett was formerly […]
Pilz, a leading global automation technology company, has opened a new €7.4 million software development centre in Cork. The opening of this state-of-the-art facility coincides with the 20th anniversary of the company’s presence in Ireland.
The new three story 2,500 sq m facility is located next to the existing Pilz Ireland building and doubles the capacity […]
As the Restaurants Association of Ireland has revealed the results of their benchmark survey conducted by BDO. The survey examined several aspects of the industry, including the current outlook of restaurateurs, industry staffing issues and the impact of digital technology on the sector. The majority of respondents to the survey were licensed restaurants.
When examining the future of the restaurant […]
The 2018 Research and Innovation Conference & Exhibition, being held on Wednesday, 14th March 2018 at the Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin, will feature an impressive line-up of industry leaders, academics and government agencies who will engage in a stimulating blend of key note addresses and debates.
Designed to foster collaboration between industry, academia and government agencies, […]
“The bioeconomy is a transition requiring a transition,” said Teagasc researcher Dr Maeve Henchion, co-organiser of ‘Ensuring the Continued Success of the Bioeconomy in Ireland: Progressing & Translating Research’, a Teagasc-hosted event held in Dublin recently. She said: “It requires new support frameworks and policies, and new ways of conducting research to ensure it achieves […]
Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has launched the Research Infrastructure Programme 2018. The aim of the SFI Research Infrastructure Call is to support the research community in building and sustaining the required infrastructural capacity to accomplish high quality, high impact and innovative research in areas of science and engineering that demonstrably enhance and underpin enterprise competitiveness […]
Initiative Ireland, headquartered at NovaUCD, has launched a new annual housing report, entitled Housing 2031. The report was commissioned to provide a more accurate and consistent view of housing supply and demand over the last 25 years in the Republic of Ireland, to more reliably forecast true housing demand up to 2031.
Padraig W Rushe, CEO of […]
The National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) has published its 2017 Annual Report, announcing substantial growth across all areas of research and training activity. 2017 was another excellent year for NIBRT, a year which saw activities continue to grow on the back of a robust and thriving biopharma sector. In particular, NIBRT research […]
The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 28 January 2018, show continued growth for Irish supermarkets with branded goods leading the way. David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “The recovery of branded sales began in late 2017 and has continued apace in the new year. Sales […]
Teagasc and the European Commission will co-fund a new programme which will employ 20 new experienced researchers for 36 months each, over the next five years. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of agri-food research leaders to underpin the objectives of Ireland’s Food Wise 2025 strategy.
This new programme, which will launch in Spring […]
Nuritas, the Irish biotechnology company, and Nestlé have entered into a collaboration aiming at discovering bioactive peptide networks within specific target areas of significant value. In order to achieve the common goal, Nuritas will deploy its award-winning and novel technology platform, which uses Artificial Intelligence and DNA analysis to predict, unlock, and validate highly efficacious […]
A new book, ‘The Psychobiotic Revolution’, is having a major impact in the field of biomedicine. It reveals that our brain health and state of mind are intimately connected to our gut bacteria (microbiome). The discoveries could help change the way we treat conditions such as depression and anxiety.
More oily fish and fibre-rich vegetables could help improve […]
The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has published new data demonstrating the correlation between the market uptake of electrically-chargeable vehicles (ECVs) and both GDP and customer incentives. Based on these new findings, ACEA calls for an ambitious but more realistic approach to the electrification of Europe’s car fleet.
ACEA’s new data shows that an ECV market share of […]
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has announced a research fund of over €2.5 million to support cutting-edge research, development and demonstration energy projects in 2018. The Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Funding Programme aims to develop new energy solutions that can help our homes, businesses and communities become more energy efficient and deliver a cleaner energy future.
JLL has released new research that places Dublin as a global ‘Innovator’ city for the future. Among the new city types, ‘Innovators’ that possess world-class capabilities in science and technology have seen investment volumes grow by 50% since 2006.
Underpinned by strong entrepreneurial and research capabilities, Innovators such as Berlin, Boston, Seattle and Dublin are important cities in […]
Esri Ireland, the market leader in geographic information services, has announced that Construction Information Services (CIS) has leveraged its digital mapping platform to present its members with a visual guide to construction projects around Ireland. 36,500 construction projects, worth €56 billion, are currently mapped on this visual platform.
CIS is Ireland’s leading construction intelligence service whose […]
HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network), the all-island organisation responsible for the promotion of business angel investment, and a joint initiative of Enterprise Ireland and InterTradeIreland, has announced a €300,000 investment in Kilkenny-based ND Sports Performance and its cloud-based hamstring assessment system products for hamstring injury prevention and improving athlete performance. The funding, which will lead […]
Policies should aim to rebalance growth by encouraging regional development led by a small number of large urban centres outside Dublin, according to new ESRI research. If the current pattern of growth continues, it will lead to a further gap in prosperity between Dublin and the rest of the country. In Dublin, it will lead to additional […]
The Eastern Corridor Medical Engineering Centre (ECME), a cross border centre of research excellence within the field of cardiovascular medicine, with partners in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland has been launched at Ulster University. The centre has received €8.2 million in funding from the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the […]
The Interconnected Era has replaced the Information Age, according to the results of an independent survey* commissioned by Equinix, Inc, the global interconnection and data centre company. Just over half of those surveyed (51%) state that the Interconnected Era has taken over from the Information Age.
The survey of senior IT decision-makers also found that 80% of those who use the public […]
The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 31 December 2017, reveal that shoppers spent an extra €90 million on groceries over the festive period.
David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Over the Christmas period the average household spent a record €1,532 on groceries – an increase of […]
The Insight Centre for Data Analytics at University College Dublin (UCD), has announced the launch of a new and collaborative €4 million artificial intelligence (AI) research project with Samsung Electronics, the multinational electronics company headquartered in South Korea. The Insight Centre for Data Analytics is a joint initiative between researchers at UCD, NUI Galway, UCC, DCU, and other […]
The latest Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Sentiment Tracker from Origin Capital, completed by 180 industry professionals, identified industry concerns about the current planning regulations and processes in Ireland and the recent increase in commercial property stamp duty as being among the risks faced within the sector.
Findings on CRE in Ireland generally:
84% believed that planning regulations […]
Mintel has revealed the key consumer trends set to impact Europe in 2018. Over the coming year:
Consumers will take to the seas to reel in recycling as a new wave of marine conservation emerges.
Digital disclosure legislation and hacks will see Europeans safeguard their data – and ask more for sharing it.
Expect to see teenage kicks […]
Mintel, the world’s leading market intelligence agency, has announced five trends set to impact the global packaging industry over the coming year.
Packaging will play a pivotal role in reducing global food and product waste.
Online brands will reinvigorate their packaging in order to enhance the e-commerce experience.
Brands who adopt clear and succinct package messaging will be […]
The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 3 December 2017, reveal that Dunnes Stores remains Ireland’s largest supermarket in the run up to the festive period.
David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Dunnes Stores has always performed strongly in the countdown to Christmas and this year is […]
Time and money spent on Christmas parties, personal presents and colleagues’ Secret Santa gifts whilst at work is costing Irish office-based businesses a cool €491 million, according to new research. The “bah humbug” study from leading online job board CV-Library found that organised festive fun, a.k.a. the Office Christmas Party, takes up 62 minutes of the working day […]
Multi-award-winning manufacturer Medi-Shower has created ‘smart showerhead’ technology which can reduce the risk of Legionnaires disease.
The cutting edge product, developed with R&D support from Invest Northern Ireland is designed to meet the high requirements for hygiene within the healthcare sector. It reduces the risk of waterborne infection from bacteria that can build up due to poor design […]
New research published by the ESRI finds that greater skill utilisation and skilled migration are required to support a productive and competitive economy. The research examines the difference between the skills possessed by employees and those required to do their job. The report also explores sources of future skilled labour supply, including Ireland’s ability to attract […]
The amount of packaging waste material being generated in Ireland from online shopping outside the State is growing by 28% per annum and is now over 7,000 tonnes of waste per year. Yet online retailers from outside the state, such as Amazon and others are using a loop hole in the law to avoid not spending […]
A £10 million Centre of Excellence in Precision Medicine has been launched by Invest Northern Ireland and Queen’s University Belfast. The Centre of Excellence in Precision Medicine will develop an internationally accredited laboratory focusing on diagnostics which can be used to predict a cancer patients’ response to treatment. This will allow potentially costly drugs to […]
A new Bord Bia report has revealed that Irish craft beer is performing well across all fronts, from the number of production facilities to production output, market share and exports. The number of craft breweries in Ireland has grown by more than 500% in the last 5 years, with 72 now in operation, up from […]
New safefood funded research into the cost of childhood overweight and obesity on the island of Ireland has estimated the total lifetime cost to be €7.2 billion (€4.6 billion in the Republic of Ireland; £2.1 billion in Northern Ireland). The study¹, led by University College Cork (UCC) and involving leading academic institutions and multidisciplinary research […]
The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 5 November 2017, reveal that Dunnes Stores has returned to the top spot for the first time in nine months, capturing a 22.4% share of the market.
David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Dunnes Stores traditionally posts a strong performance towards […]