Taoiseach criticised for U-turn on government’s R&D spending pledge

Just two years ago, the government set a target of increasing public and private R&D spending to 2.5 per cent of national income by 2020

19th November, 2017

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has come under fire for abandoning a government promise to almost double spending on research and development.

Just two years ago, the government set a target of increasing public and private R&D spending to 2.5 per cent of national income by 2020.

However, Varadkar has said that in real terms this would require increasing spending from the current level of €3.25 billion to €5 billion in the next two years. He told...

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