Minister Lenihan announces Science Foundation Ireland ‘Researcher of the Year’

Posted in Research on November 15th, 2010 by steve

“Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Mr Conor Lenihan TD, today (Monday, November 15th, 2010) announced Professor Jean-Pierre Colinge of Tyndall National Institute, Cork, as winner of Science Foundation Ireland’s ‘Researcher of the Year 2010’ accolade …” (more)

[Science Foundation Ireland, 15 November]

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Lenihan highlights critical role of Science Foundation Ireland as researchers gather for major summit

Posted in Research on November 15th, 2010 by steve

“… Minister Lenihan was speaking in advance of today’s Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Science Summit in Athlone, where over 300 of Ireland’s leading scientific researchers are gathering for a two-day strategic think-in. The theme of this year’s Summit is ‘Mining Minds – A New Decade of Discovery’. The Science Summit 2010 will feature keynote addresses today from Ms Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation & Science, and Mr Rory McInerney, Vice President, Intel, as well as a panel of leading figures from industry and research …” (more)

[Science Foundation Ireland, 15 November]

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Leading figures from Ireland’s software sector converge for collaborative showcase

Posted in Research on October 19th, 2010 by steve

“Mr Conor Lenihan TD, Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, today (Tuesday, October 19th 2010) addressed leading academic and industry figures in the software sector at a special software industry-focused showcase hosted by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Irish Software Innovation Network (ISIN) …” (more)

[SFI, 19 October]

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Lenihan blasted for link to creationist

Posted in Research on September 19th, 2010 by steve

“Conor Lenihan has ‘no business’ being science minister if he supports the views of a controversial anti-evolution book, according to one of the world’s foremost critics of organised religion …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Sunday Tribune, 19 September]

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The Minister and evolution

Posted in Research on September 16th, 2010 by steve

“Madam, – As the main organisers of the 2012 world conference of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, we would like formally to invite Minister of State for Science, Technology, Innovation and Natural Resources Conor Lenihan, or his successor, to come to the opening of the conference in June of that year …” (more)

[James McInerney and others, Irish Times, 16 September]

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The Necessity of the Public Understanding of Science

Posted in Research on September 15th, 2010 by steve

“Today should have seen Conor Lenihan, Minister for Science, launching one Irish crank’s book on how the theory of evolution is ‘a hoax’. Mercifully he has withdrawn following condemnation from bloggers, internet forums and journalists, though he refuses to admit there was anything wrong with the original decision. In one way, I find this story encouraging …” (more)

[Gen Shanahan, Cork Student News, 15 September]

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Evolution of a book launch

Posted in Research on September 15th, 2010 by steve

“In just over a month from now, on October 23, it will be 6,014 years exactly since the earth was created. How do we know that? Well, that’s the date arrived at by James Ussher, who Archbishop of Armagh in the mid-17th century …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 15 September]

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The Minister and evolution

Posted in Research on September 15th, 2010 by steve

“Madam, – Not having heard much from Conor Lenihan on the much-vaunted smart economy, I was heartened to hear he had accepted an invitation to launch a book decrying the theory of evolution …” (more)

[Fergus McCann, Irish Times, 15 September]

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Evolution and Minister Lenihan

Posted in Research on September 14th, 2010 by steve

“There’ s been lots of comment about the welcome decision of Minister Lenihan’s to recuse himself (or be recused?) of further involvement in a book launch of a book by a constituent of his that purports in some grandiose terms to disconfirm the theory of evolution (Darwin’s one – not some of the other ones!). The story has spread widely …” (more)

[Shane O’Mara, Irishscience, 14 September]

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Book launch debacle a blow to Ireland’s scientific reputation

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2010 by steve

“Ireland’s science minister Conor Lenihan has been in the wars over the past few days, all over a simple book launch planned for Wednesday 15 September. But while the launch was straightforward enough the book wasn’t, a tome declaring that evolution is nothing more than a fantasy and a hoax …” (more)

[Exquisite Life, 14 September]

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Minister withdraws from launch of anti-evolution book

Posted in Research on September 14th, 2010 by steve

“Minister for Science Conor Lenihan will not now launch a book in Dublin which describes evolution as a fantasy and a hoax, after the author asked him to withdraw in the wake of controversy on the web. The Minister was to launch The Origin of Specious Nonsense by John May at Buswells hotel tomorrow, with actors playing the parts of Charles Darwin and King Kong …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 14 September]

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The origin of Conor Lenihan

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2010 by steve

“The news, broken by politics.ie that Minister of State with special responsibility for Science, technology, Innovation and Natural Resources is to launch a book proclaiming that evolution is a hoax casts the country in a terrible light and lets-down anybody waiting on the ‘knowledge-led recovery’ …” (more)

[Eoin Lettice, Communicate Science, 13 September]

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1,000 firms use Government innovation vouchers to link with researchers – Minister Lenihan

Posted in Research on September 1st, 2010 by steve

“Over 1,000 small Irish firms have used a €5,000 Government innovation voucher which allows them to link with college researchers to solve business and technical problems, according to the Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Conor Lenihan …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 1 September]

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We’re in science top 20

Posted in Research on August 6th, 2010 by steve

“The Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) connected 349 firms with college researchers in a move which is expected to create hundreds of jobs in key development projects. Ireland has now moved from a level below Bangladesh to breaking into the top 20 in the scientific global rankings, according to Thomson Reuters Essential Scientific Indicators …” (more)

[Herald, 6 August]

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Irish life science guide to create ‘smart’ jobs and new technologies

Posted in Research on June 28th, 2010 by steve

“The Minister for Technology and Innovation, Conor Lenihan TD, today launched a new Irish guide aimed at helping firms in the life science sector to partner with college researchers in the creation of ‘smart’ jobs. The Enterprise Ireland publication, The Irish Life Sciences Research Guide, is a collation of the life science research capability in our third-level institutions …” (more)

[Finfacts, 27 June]

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‘Ireland needs to engineer itself to be at the crossroads of business and science’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 7th, 2010 by steve

“Dublin’s role as European City of Science in 2012 is a vital opportunity, says Science Minister …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 7 January]

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Minister Conor Lenihan announces inaugural Science Foundation Ireland ‘Researcher of the Year’

Posted in Research on November 9th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Mr. Conor Lenihan T.D., has today announced Professor Luke O’Neill of Trinity College Dublin (TCD) as winner of Science Foundation Ireland’s inaugural SFI ‘Researcher of the Year’ accolade. Minister Lenihan made the announcement in a keynote address to the SFI Science Summit, at a two-day conference in Athlone attended by over 300 of Ireland’s leading scientific researchers …” (more)

[Conor Lenihan, Fianna Fail Blog, 9 November]

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Funding for research announced

Posted in Research on September 30th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Funding of almost €1 million to attract world-class researchers to Ireland was today announced by Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation, Conor Lenihan. Launching the 2008 Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Annual Report, Mr Lenihan said the funding would be used to attract researchers through SFI’s Walton Visitor Programme. By directly supporting 2,812 researchers and collaborating with over 300 companies, SFI is playing a key role in the Irish economy and in the Government’s strategy to build a Smart Economy, Mr Lenihan said …” (more)

[Irish Times, 30 September]

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