Driving the digital future

10 Mar 2011

Global education publisher HMH is spearheading a €350m R&D strategy from Dublin and is on course to generate 450 jobs.

In its Programme for Government earlier this week, the new Government, comprised of Fine Gael and Labour, made many brave statements, including providing 90pc of homes and businesses with fibre-to-the-kerb broadband.

The new coalition also said it will develop Ireland as a ‘digital island’ and first-mover when it comes to information technology by ensuring more progress on e-government and moving Government services online, investing in ICT in schools and investing in information technology in the healthcare sector.

These are noble aims and must be pursued. In particular, investing in ICT in schools if our future talent pool is going to lead the country to better economic health.

Read more of ‘Driving the digital future’ at Digital 21.

For the past two years, Silicon Republic has run a campaign to highlight the imperative of creating the digital infrastructure and services upon which the success of our economy depends.

The website for Digital 21 provides a forum for all those interested in accelerating the development of Ireland’s Digital Economy.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years