Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Questions (117)

Micheál Martin

Question:

117. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if he or his officials have met with staff from Science Foundation Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40519/13]

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Written answers (Question to Jobs)

Both I and the Minister for Research and Innovation have regular meetings with the Director General of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and with other SFI staff members. In addition, a Departmental official is a SFI Board Member and attends regular Board meetings.

My officials are also in daily contact with SFI staff members, and participate in regular liaison meetings with SFI management. This regular engagement helps ensure that SFI fulfils its mission to promote, develop and assist the carrying out of oriented basic research and applied research in strategic areas of opportunity for the State.