Nick Clegg touts Metaverse to Simon Coveney as way to boost Irish education

Emails between tech giant’s Global Affairs President and Minister for Enterprise sent six weeks before Meta confirmed 500 more jobs cuts in Ireland

Nick Clegg told Coveney that “of all the social and economic impacts like virtual reality could create”, education was top of the list. Picture: Getty

Nick Clegg, Meta’s global affairs president, touted the benefits of the Metaverse by pitching it as a tool to help pupils in Ireland improve their “knowledge retention, motivation, and attention span.”

Clegg, the former deputy prime minister of Britain, wrote to Simon Coveney, the Minister for Enterprise, last month to share an essay that he had penned espousing the areas where the Metaverse could be “transformative” despite fading enthusiasm for the tech giant’s virtual reality ...