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Ireland's incoming EU commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn has been given the research and innovation portfolio.

Taoiseach Brian Cowen, who had been campaigning for the powerful portfolio, made the announcement at the Intel facility in Leixlip, where he was attending an event to celebrate 20 years of Intel in Ireland.

“I am delighted to announce today that we have secured the hugely important research and innovation portfolio, which resonates very strongly with our own Smart Economy agenda,” Mr Cowen said. “It is testament to the calibre of Máire Geoghegan Quinn that she has been allocated this portfolio.”

Ireland gets EC innovation portfolio - The Irish Times - Fri, Nov 27, 2009