I propose to take Questions Nos. 369, 371 and 373 together.
IDA Ireland is committed to diversifying the type of investment attracted to Ireland. The Agency has, with that goal in mind, established a specialist Division to examine new forms of investment, including opportunities in sectors such as Robotics, Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR), Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics.
Ireland now has a growing base of investment by technology companies in this area. IDA Ireland client companies who are part of an AR/VR cluster in Ireland include DAQRI, Intel, Valeo Vision Systems, Microsoft, Accenture, Google, Facebook and SAP. The Agency has also identified and engaged with a number of other AR/VR companies overseas with a view to bringing more such investment to Ireland.
As part of its work to attract investment by companies in emerging technologies to Ireland, the Agency participates in a number of global AR/VR conferences each year. The IDA, for example, supported the AR/VR Innovate conference in Dublin in 2015, including through a client dinner in the margins of the event. The Agency’s staff will continue to participate in future events that have the potential to attract investment from overseas AR/VR firms, with the aim of both attracting new employment to the country and developing the sector further here.