Irish government launches first space strategy
The Irish government has launched the country's first space strategy.
Innovation minister John Halligan said the project would benefit "our children's children's children".
Ireland currently pays €18.3m (£16.2m) a year in funding to the European Space Agency.
Mr Halligan defended that outlay as value for money, saying it helped to create jobs and benefited the economy.
"Our return from the contracts has never been below one to four - every euro we've invested, we've made back four. There's been a substantial return for our money," said Mr Halligan at the launch of the strategy at Dublin City University.