‘There are two main problems:  Government funding for universities has fallen by about 30 per cent in the past six years in spite of a significant increase in student numbers;  and  the rules by which Science Foundation Ireland funds individual research scientists have been drastically altered. The balance has shifted from excellence to application, from breadth to narrowness, and from applications by individuals to applications by applied research “centres”.’ Photograph: Getty Images

(...) the European Research Council, the ChampionsLeague for scientists. Ireland was being spoken of in(...)

 Sam Burgess is set to play alongside Jonathan Joseph in Bath’s midfield for Saturday’s European Champions Cup game against Leinster at the Aviva stadium on Saturday. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images
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  • Sport
  • April 1, 2015, 07:30

(...) competitions from next season, with Dundalk set to earn a minimum of €550,000 in the Champions League.

Peter Stringer will leave Bath at the end of the season. Photograph: Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

(...) arrow in their quiver to stop Leinster in the Champions Cup quarter-final on Saturday.“Peter will be(...)

Dundalk are guaranteed at least €550,000 for participation in the Champions League this season. Photograph:  Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Winning their opening fixture in the qualifying round of the Champions League this summer would be(...)

Uefa has moved to increase the financial rewards from playing in the Europa League by announcing prize money for the tournament will increase by 65 per cent. Photo: Jon Buckle/PA

(...) will also see prize money for the Champions League go up but the disparity with the Europa League will(...)

Bath coach Mike Ford encourages his side to have a go from anywhere on the field, an approach that brought them a bonus-point victory in Toulouse in the pool stage. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

(...) at the same venue for Saturday’s European Champions Cup quarter-final will be incomparable. They are(...)

Waterford hurling manager Derek McGrath is planning for the future

Strange how the manager who has arguably got the most out of the Allianz Hurling League so far(...)

Javier Hernandez has complained about a lack of playing time at Real Madrid. Photograph: Getty

Mexico international, nicknamed Chicharito, joined the European champions last summer on a season(...)

Shane Long’s stoppage time goal keeps Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualification hopes alive. Photograph: Inpho
The Morning Sports Briefing
  • Sport
  • March 30, 2015, 08:41

Champions Germany beat Georgia 2-0 away and Scotland beat Gibraltar 5-1 at Hampden Park.Kilkenny send Clare(...)

  Cork’s  Seamus Harnedy gets away from Wexford’s Daithi Waters and Eoin Conroy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The line-up for the Allianz Hurling League semi-finals has been settled, with Cork facing Dublin(...)