The work visa changes, which are contained in the Employment Permits (Amendment) Regulations 2015, have been introduced because of a skills shortage in a number of industries, most notably the IT sector.

Changes to existing regulations that make it easier for individuals from overseas to secure work visas in Ireland have been welcomed. The changes, wh(...)

Kieran Drain (right), chief executive of the Tyndall National Institute, with Damien English, Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, at the launch of the Tyndall 2014 annual report. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Organisations involved in commercialising R&D argue that strong national R&D programmes that bring together third-level researchers and ind(...)

The key to great leadership is to have the right priorities, the right people on your team and the right relationships that achieve results. That’s on(...)

From September, the National College of Ireland will be running three courses with the assistance of IBM and Bluemix. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

IBM is partnering with the National College of Ireland as part of its Academic Initiative for Cloud programme which will train new developers. NCI is (...)

Mark Zuckerberg: two years ago, Facebook’s chief executive announced an ambitious effort to connect the world’s poorest people to the internet. Photograph: Jim Wilson/New York Times

Nearly two years ago, Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, announced an ambitious effort to connect the world’s poorest people to the internet(...)

Kingspan chief executive Gene Murtagh: The company came under some pressure, and was one of the big fallers onISEQ index. Photograph: Irish Times

European stocks declined, snapping a nine-day winning streak, amid mixed earnings reports. Stocks on Wall Street fell, with results from bellwethers I(...)

Rodrigo Alverez, system engineer for International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), tests new SyNAPSE chips at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California earlier this year. The tech giant is making advances into new areas but it’s not yet enough to translate into growth for the company as a whole.   (Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

IBM is advancing rapidly into new fields like data analytics, cloud computing and mobile applications. And while the giant technology company’s secon(...)

One wonders whether an axe will be taken to the 57 varieties. But whatever transpires, it’s been a tasty deal for Warren Buffett

Kraft Heinz, the new company formed by the merging of two food staples, began trading yesterday on the New York Stock Exchange. Heinz, purveyors of 5(...)

Kraft Heinz is now Mr Buffett’s second-biggest stock investment, ahead of Coca-Cola and International Business Machines. Photograph:  Scott Olson/Getty Images

Warren Buffett helped take over Heinz in 2013 and facilitated its combination with Kraft Foods this year. His prize: a stake of about $24 billion in(...)

Paul Mulvaney, executive director of innovation at the ESB: his presentation on Wednesday is likely to map out the ESB’s plan to remain the big player in Ireland’s energy pool. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography 2015

Paul Mulvaney is busy in his first floor office at ESB’s headquarters, putting the finishing touches to a presentation on how the one-time State-backe(...)