In a new five-year plan, Ireland plans to increase its research and development spending to be 2 percent of its gross domestic product, ScienceInsider reports. Last year's €2.9 billion in spending would become about €5 billion per year by 2020, adds ScienceInsider's Erik Stokstad.

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