Creative thinkers answer the call to help
THE founder of a competition to reward real proposals to help lift the country out of the doldrums said yesterday the response so far has exceeded expectations.
The two winners of the 'Your Country, Your Call' will each receive a cash prize of €100,000. The two winning ideas will then be implemented with the support of an independent working group and with a development fund of up to €500,000 each.
The competition has received almost 4,000 proposals, including a new, significantly cheaper drug for sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis, and that Ireland offer tax breaks to "steal" the UK's burgeoning computer game development industry.
"There is an abundance of creativity and innovative thinking coming from people in all walks of life who want to make a positive difference to the future of Ireland," Dr Martin McAleese said yesterday.
The judging panel is chaired by David Byrne, chairman of the National Concert Hall and chancellor of Dublin City University.