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Research in €7m boost

MINISTER for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock has announced €6.9m in funding for 62 research awards.

The funding will be through Science Foundation Ireland's technology innovation development award programme, in collaboration with Enterprise Ireland.

The funding will aid the Big Data sector, which has seen significant advances in the development of new drugs for cancer treatment and diabetes.

Research to develop genetically modified crops tolerant to drought will also benefit from the announcement.