Incentivising invention and promoting innovation in Ireland.

Minister for Industry John Bruton TD wants Irish workers to be more inventive. At an exhibition of Irish inventions at the headquarters of the National Board for Science and Technology (NBSI) in Dublin, the minister announced plans for a National Innovation Day.

The event also marked the launch by the National Board for Science and Technology of a booklet 'Inventions Development' with information to assist inventors in producing their inventions. The initiative also encourages the provision of capital for new manufacturing industry through income tax relief.

The message coming out of Ireland is that we are not an inventive people.

John Bruton said that it was disappointing that of all the inventions patented in Ireland, only fifteen per cent were actually Irish. this is despite the availability of tax relief incentives for inventors. The minister believes that inventiveness is central to industrial development in Ireland. 

As part of the initiative, seven people who have received help from state agencies put their inventions on display.

Tommy McLoughlin has invented a system of zig-zag security fencing and anti-vandal devices. 

Micheál Ó Nualláin's top speed rug making kit is due to go into production in Connemara. 

Frank Anderson employs forty five people in Tallaght manufacturing his inventions which include a vibration sensing intruder detector and an electronic indicator which records the progress of an intruder through a building. 

A roof moisture detector, invented by Alan Reinhart and Gerry Wardell, is in big demand across the world.  

Michael O'Flanagan has invented the Putt-o-Scope, a device to help improve golf putting skills. 

Christy Glynn, inventor of the Glinneann is looking for a manufacturer for his musical device. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 1 March 1984. The reporter is Caroline Erskine.