I was talking to a friend in Dublin the other day who runs a software business. He received a phone call last week from Enterprise Ireland (EI) asking why his reported spend on Research and Development (R&D) had dropped from â‚¬300,000 last year to â‚¬0 this year!
Well, because the CSO (the Irish government’s statistics agency) had told him that under their guidelines his spend on software development, even if it is for product development, can’t be classed as R&D.
Ah, said the EI rep, sure don’t worry about that when you are reporting to us!
Great, now we know why the government can’t get anything right – the various branches of the civil service are making up the reporting rules as they go along!