dublin to get three science research centres
Pictured here is Professor Abhay Pandit of NUI Galway with his Aerogen nebuliser, which delivers drugs into a patient's lungs.
The Professor was showing off his product to Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland (left) at the announcement of a €245m investment programme that will deliver five scientific research centres across the country.
The centres, being funded by Government and industry, come under the Science Foundation Ireland umbrella.
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said the investment "will lead to the establishment in Ireland of world-class centres of research excellence and scale which will be game-changers for Irish scientific research."
The investment and the new centres are "aimed at achieving a step-change in the reputation and performance of Ireland's research system," he added.
Two of the centres will be located at Trinity College Dublin with one in each of University College Dublin, NUI Galway and the University of Limerick.
In total, 14 colleges around the country will have an involvement in the scheme.
It is expected that the six-year investment programme will support 700 existing and new researchers.
While €155m of the funding will be invested by the State, the balance of €90m is coming from partners like Google and FBD.