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Research, Innovation and Science

Commissioner delivers keynote address during ESOF week in Dublin

"Science satisfies our drive to understand the world around us. To uncover the truth. It reveals to us the most profound ideas."



Dublin, 13 June 2012


Ladies and gentlemen,

I am immensely proud that the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) is taking place in Dublin this year. And I'm proud that Ireland has gone even further by embedding it into a whole year of science through the Dublin City of Science 2012 initiative.

Ireland can hold its head high in scientific circles. For example, it was an Irish man, John Tyndall, who made a breakthrough in the understanding of light that later led to the development of fibre optics – vital to 21st century communications.