The crash, and groping in the dark

Somewhere, in Ireland or elsewhere, discussions are taking place about Ireland’s future. For those of us not involved in these discussions, we don’t really know what is happening. Ministers pop up here and there to suggest that some process is under way, or that this or that topic may be part of the discussions. But overall the government is not giving the public a proper briefing. The absence of proper information encourages rumour and cynicism and erodes confidence. Even at this late stage, the government must learn the art of political communication.

In the meantime, for those working in higher education there is a particularly high level of uncertainty, as a new economic and budgetary plan will be determined at the same time as decisions are to be taken on higher education strategy. Craig Barrett, the former CEO of Intel, has suggested this week that investment in education and in R&D is critical for Ireland at this moment: is this point being made in the rescue plans?

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6 Comments on “The crash, and groping in the dark”

  1. copernicus Says:

    “… for those working in higher education there is a particularly high level of uncertainty, as a new economic and budgetary plan will be determined at the same time as decisions are to be taken on higher education strategy. Craig Barrett, the former CEO of Intel, has suggested this week that investment in education and in R&D is critical for Ireland at this moment: is this point being made in the rescue plans?”

    Craig says many things, and said many things when he was Intel CEO and did not deliver much in terms of university-Intel link ups. Surprising that as cuts are made in Ireland and Scotland, tuition fee is not considered. Both in Ireland and scxotland, can’t see how universities can be funded to keep them thriving.


    • Copernicus, your comment is certainly not correct as regards Ireland: Intel has created a number of very active links with universities, both in teaching and R&D, and has invested significant money in this. The same is true of Intel-academic links in Arizona, by the way.

      In the meantime, Craig Barrett himself is chair of the Irish Technology Leadership Group, which has been responsible for a number of industry-academic linkages.

  2. kevin denny Says:

    I assume you are referring to discussion with the boys from Brussels and the IMF? If so, I think the answer to the question is “almost certainly not” not because it isn’t important but because it isn’t relevant to the particular problem. They wouldn’t be interested in or have expertise in those details.
    Realistically the big budgetary & financial picture has to be sorted out first. We are going to have to live with a lot of uncertainty.

  3. Al Says:

    ?????
    I thought that we were going forward???
    Pericles, we certainly don’t have.

    • Jilly Says:

      Al, we are where we are and we’re all in it together. Whether we’re going forward (together) from where we are is another question.

      • Al Says:

        I doubt whether we are all in it together…
        There will be people who get the soap a long time before the likes of me will…..


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