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Ireland will need referendum to create EU court for patents
omg. Sean "Irish SOPA" Sherlock dealing with the important issues once again -- in this case the bloody "Unified Patent Court"
patents  eu  sean-sherlock  absurd  referenda  ireland  ip 
may 2016 by jm
Irish government under fire for turning its back on basic research : Nature News & Comment
Pretty much ALL of Ireland's research scientists have put their names to an open letter to the Irish government, decrying the state of science funding, published this week in "Nature".

'Although total spending on research and development grew through the recession, helped by foreign investments, Ireland’s government has cut state spending on research (see ‘Celtic tiger tamed’). It also prioritized grants in 14 narrow areas — ones in which either large global markets exist, or in which Irish companies are competitive. These include marine renewable energy, smart grids, medical devices and computing. The effect has been to asphyxiate the many areas of fundamental science — including astrophysics, particle physics and areas of the life sciences — that have been deprived of funding, several researchers in Ireland told Nature. “The current policies are having a very significant detrimental effect on the health and viability of the Irish scientific ecosystem,” says Kevin Mitchell, a geneticist who studies the basis of neurological disorders at Trinity College Dublin. “Research that cannot be shoehorned into one of the 14 prioritized areas has been ineligible for most funding,” he says.'

That's another fine mess Sean Sherlock has gotten us into :(
sean-sherlock  fail  ireland  research  government  funding  grants  science  tcd  kevin-mitchell  life-sciences  nature 
march 2015 by jm
James Casey writes about working at CERN
I am very heartened by Minister of State for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock’s recent announcement of a review of the costs and benefits of Ireland’s membership of international research organisations including CERN. I disagreed with the conclusion of the last review which suggested that costs outweighed the benefits to Ireland. I think it was an extreme oversight not to be a part of the engineering phase of the Collider during the period 1998-2008 – but it’s not too late.
CERN will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2014. There is no public scientific institution its equal in terms of the scale and complexity of problems being analysed and solved. No longer excluding young Irish people from being a part of this, from learning and growing from it, can only help Ireland.


Also, spot my name in lights ;)
ireland  cern  science  europe  eu  sean-sherlock  james-casey  www  web  history 
march 2014 by jm
Same Old Stories From Sean Sherlock
Sherlock’s record is spotty at best when it comes to engagement. Setting aside the 80,680 people who were ignored by the minister, he was hostile and counter productive to debate from the beginning, going so far as to threaten to pull out of a public debate because a campaigner against the ['Irish SOPA'] SI would be in attendance. His habit of blocking people online who publicly ask him tough yet legitimate questions has earned him the nickname “Sherblock”.
sean-sherlock  sherblock  labour  ireland  politics  blocking  filtering  internet  freedom  copyright  emi  music  law  piracy  debate  twitter 
december 2013 by jm
Labour TD ignores tough questions on web case
I [Tom Murphy] have asked [Sean Sherlock] a question: Does he have any comment about the lawsuit between EMI and UPC (and a raft of other ISPs too btw) which is using his SI to attempt to block PirateBay? A court case he said would not happen. Now, I am blocked from following him on Twitter. This is not how a proper political system works.
politics  ireland  twitter  sean-sherlock  tom-murphy  boards  devore  copyright 
june 2013 by jm
Sean Sherlock to science researchers: "see ya! don't let the door hit you on the way out"
"In relation to the possibility of losing skilled people overseas, any vibrant research ecosystem will see an ebb and flow of capable people in the scientific fields – in some ways this is a good thing, as experience gained abroad has the potential to benefit Ireland in the future. The latest SFI data shows that SFI supports approximately 3,000 researchers, including some 2,000 postgraduate students and post-doctorals -- a figure that has remained relatively stable for some time." NICE
sean-sherlock  jobs  ireland  science  research 
july 2012 by jm
FOI docs regarding lobbying of Sean Sherlock on the copyright SI
Truly amazing outcome from Mark Tighe's FOI request regarding lobbying on the copyright SI. It turns out that (a) IRMA want all Irish ISPs to enact "3 strikes", and view the SI as a way to force this; but (b) Eircom are of the opinion that "3 strikes" is now illegal and unenforceable under EU and Irish law. Despite knowing this, Sherlock then went ahead and signed the SI into law *anyway*, just to avoid the hassle of IRMA's members bringing the government to court. Which they did anyway, regardless. What an utter shambles
sopaireland  sean-sherlock  irma  emi  copyright  ireland  law  eircom  lobbying  foi 
march 2012 by jm
**IMPORTANT** Copyright policy - boards.ie
Boards' new post-SOPAIreland copyright policy, at least for the Rugby forum. Wonder how widespread this is to the rest of the site
boards  ireland  sopaireland  sean-sherlock  copyright  rules  forums  linking 
march 2012 by jm
DJEI - Copyright S.I. signed and consultation process launched on copyright and innovation - Minister Sherlock
Sean Sherlock says the new SI will "establish Irish copyright law on a firm footing to encourage innovation, foster creativity", which is pretty bloody hilarious. plus a nice little dig at the online campaign: "As there are clearly many diverse interests, it is important that interested parties come together and work in a constructive way to map the path forward." They really don't have a clue what they've done. After 20 years of Labour first prefs, I'm never voting Labour again
labour  ireland  politics  sean-sherlock  copyright  copyfight 
february 2012 by jm

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