As part of the RDS Industry & Commerce Committee’s Economic Recovery Series, Geoscience Ireland presented at the RDS Business Breakfast Seminar on Friday, February 20.
Sean Finlay, Director – Business Development of Geoscience Ireland (GI) shared his unique perspective on how the geoscience industry contributes to Ireland’s economic recovery while becoming a world leader in exporting scientific and engineering expertise. Sean delivered an insightful overview of GI’s development and functions as well as speaking about the opportunities, challenges and future direction of the business cluster together with case studies of GI Member’s overseas projects. GI’s 22 Member Companies employ 1,200 persons and have a turnover of €160m of which 40% is generated internationally.
Sean was joined by Mr Michael Manley, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources (DCENR) who provided the context for the development of Irish Geoscience expertise. He outlined how the industry impacts on the Irish economy, noting that mining output alone is worth over €400m while the overall extractives industries (including quarrying) generate over €1bn.
With more than 80 guests in attendance, a spirited Q&A session followed after the presentation.
Photos show Mr Michael Manley and Sean Finlay speaking at the RDS.