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    The argument is regularly made that Ireland is dependent on multinational investment for economic development, but one example from history suggests that with sufficient imagination and vision, Ireland has the potential to be a world leader in specialist fields. In 1940, with the Battle of Britain raging over English skies, De Valera utilised its mathematical expertise and established the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies to lead research into theoretical physics. Using his contacts, the Taoiseach attracted Erwin Schrodinger (best known to the popular consciousness for his alive/dead cat), and attempted to secure the services of Ludwig Wittgenstein, who was living in Connemara at the time. With the Institute still conducting research to this day, is its emulation ever more pertinent now, when R & D is crucial to the success of globalised economies?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FloatingVoterTralee View Post
    The argument is regularly made that Ireland is dependent on multinational investment for economic development, but one example from history suggests that with sufficient imagination and vision, Ireland has the potential to be a world leader in specialist fields. In 1940, with the Battle of Britain raging over English skies, De Valera utilised its mathematical expertise and established the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies to lead research into theoretical physics. Using his contacts, the Taoiseach attracted Erwin Schrodinger (best known to the popular consciousness for his alive/dead cat), and attempted to secure the services of Ludwig Wittgenstein, who was living in Connemara at the time. With the Institute still conducting research to this day, is its emulation ever more pertinent now, when R & D is crucial to the success of globalised economies?
    What exactly are you proposing? It seems from your potted history that you are making the fairly obvious claim that if we could entice some world class scientists to Ireland then Ireland will have some world class scientists!

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    I'm saying that whereas now the general consensus is to leave it to others to sort out our problems, we need to show some innovation, similar to TK Whitaker in the civil service and the DIAS. Ireland can't become a manufacturing powerbase, but we have always been an intellectual centre of excellence.
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    The present govt has made very clear that they favour applied subjects over pure research, which is a grave pity
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