The State of Ireland

The State of Ireland report is Engineers Ireland’s independent assessment of Ireland’s infrastructure and technology.

The State of Ireland
2021 report
In this report, part of our State of Ireland series on the country’s infrastructure, we assess where Ireland currently stands in digitalisation and how we can better prepare for the digital world of tomorrow.

The State of Ireland 2021 recommendations

Expedite the National Broadband Plan

  • Prioritise more populated areas for the rollout of the plan
  • Investigate the viability of low earth orbit (LEO) satellite broadband as an interim broadband solution for rural communities
  • If viable, offer subsidies (through for example, a tax credit) for satellite broadband while the network is being built

National Digital Strategy

  • Publish and implement the forthcoming National Digital Strategy, (building on its first phase). It is needed to provide a whole-of-Government approach to supporting the digital sector and encouraging digitalisation across all areas of business and society

Secure Ireland’s energy grid and supply to ensure energy security

  • Expedite construction of green energy networks
  • Expand the capacity of interconnectors to other countries

Invest more in research and development

  • Offer more support for entrepreneurs and early-stage investors
  • Encourage spin-out companies from third level education through more investment in technology transfer
  • Implement in full the National Cybersecurity Strategy 2019-2024
  • Educate businesses and the general public about the need for cybersecurity professionals
  • Expand tax credits for companies to undergo R&D in Ireland
The State of Ireland
2020 report
Ireland’s recovery will be green and digital, driven by investments in infrastructure, technology and education.
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