AI Policy – Ireland

The following description of AI policy in Ireland provides a snapshot summary of some previous and ongoing initiatives throughout the country. It is regularly updated as feasible, but it is not intended to be comprehensive. 

As of February 2020, there is also extensive information, data, and graphics about Irish AI policy available at the OECD AI Policy Observatory.

The Irish Economic Development Agency (IDA) and Enterprise Ireland created an infographic highlighting Ireland’s strengths in AI and characterizing Ireland’s strategy as the “AI Island”. To develop this, they audited the country’s AI ecosystems and organized a collaborative workshop in 2017 involving industry, government and academia. Ireland has also launched a national AI Masters program in 2018 that is 100% industry-driven. Ken Finnegan, chief technologist at IDA Ireland, explained, “It is not a revolution, it is an evolution. IBM came to Ireland 61 years ago to do low-level manufacturing. Today, it is at the peak of capabilities in AI worldwide.”

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