The IRDG is an industry-led representative group for manufacturing and services companies involved in Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I).

Established by industry in 1992, the Group is an independent, non-profit body, serving the needs of members on all matters relating to RD&I.

IRDG membership is relatively evenly divided between Irish-owned and overseas-owned companies, who range in size from start-ups to the largest companies in Ireland.

The Group is funded by members’ annual subscriptions.

Over the years, the IRDG has developed a wide-ranging network of partner organisations and has had the opportunity to support members through significant commercial projects.

Today, the IRDG represents all sectors of industry including electronics, software & telecommunications (ICT), financial services, food, software, engineering, healthcare & life sciences, plastics and utilities.

IRDG activity is organized around the 5 pillars of:

  1. Representation
  2. Funding & Support
  3. Innovation Networking
  4. Collaboration
  5. Learning