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Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE) 2013The report consists of a summary of papers drawn from fuller working papers, prepared by the Manufacturing Standing Committee, based on extensive consultations with interested stakeholders and reviews of national and international data and statistics. Taken in the global context the Manufacturing Sector in Ireland is facing serious challenges. The trend of decline in manufacturing jobs will continue in the absence of major new initiatives to implement key related policies. The report identifies 9 key policies/strategies that emerged from the study of the major Manufacturing clusters in Ireland. The examination of 7 major industrial clusters leads to the inclusion under each cluster of respective relevant policy/strategy requirements.