Paul Rellis, managing director of Microsoft Ireland, has welcomed the appointment of Ms Máire Geoghegan-Quinn as EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation.
Mr Rellis said: “This is a very welcome development from Ireland’s perspective.
"Science, Technology and Innovation will be the key drivers for job creation in the Smart Economy in Ireland and across Europe in the next decade and it is fantastic news that this strategically important portfolio will be managed by Ireland’s Commissioner.
"Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn’s appointment to such a valuable and influential portfolio is a huge vote of confidence in Ireland and a ringing endorsement of the Government’s drive to establish Ireland as a Smart Economy. It is clear that research, innovation and the Smart Economy will be at the heart of our future economic recovery.
"We at Microsoft look forward to working with and supporting the Commissioner in her important role in the months and years ahead,” Mr Rellis concluded.