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Sherlock welcomes continued improvement in Ireland’s Innovation Performance
Seán Sherlock, TD, Minister for Research and Innovation, welcomed the continued improvement in Ireland’s innovation performance reported in the European Commission’s 2014 Innovation Union Scoreboard published recently.

The annual Innovation Union Scoreboard provides a comparative assessment of the research and innovation performance of the EU Member States and the relative strengths and weaknesses of their research and innovation systems. It helps Member States assess areas in which they need to concentrate their efforts in order to boost their innovation performance.

The 2014 Scoreboard shows that Ireland has moved up one place from tenth to ninth in the overall ranking of 28 EU Member States.  Ireland is classified as an ‘innovation follower’ with innovation performance above or close to that of the EU average. The general trend of Ireland’s innovation performance has been upward, at 110% of the EU average in 2014.
Ireland performs well above the EU average on international scientific co-publications and license and patent revenues from abroad.  Other strong performing indicators are population with tertiary education, employment in knowledge intensive-services and knowledge-intensive services exports.

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