Help wanted – no Irish need apply: we need to jettison our prejudice and take a fresh approach to apprenticeships and vocational training. Photograph: Jonathan Wiggs/Boston Globe via Getty

In the past prejudice stopped many Irish people getting good jobs. We are all familiar with stories of job notices with “No Irish need apply”. Today p(...)

Kenny downplays expectation of giveaway budget following strong exchequer returns. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fine Gael TDs and Senators were told by the party’s electoral strategists they must emphasise stability in the election campaign, and that fear of the(...)

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(...)

Gold medal winner in restaurant service  Alina Sile with  mentor Ray Cullen from Waterford Institute of Technology

A group of Ireland’s top young apprentices gave up their summers to train for the WorldSkills Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil, last week, and it paid(...)

Minister of State  Damien English: new strategy for science, technology and innovation can be delivered by October. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Does Ireland have a future conducting research and making important world-class discoveries? The answer will depend on success in devising a strategy (...)

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan said the changes are aimed to offer viable alternatives to third level education. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

A major overhaul of state-sponsored apprenticeships has been unveiled, aimed at providing school-leavers with a “viable, legitimate, positive alternat(...)

Life choices: The Apprenticeship Council has identified more than 80 possible new apprenticeships. Photograph: Getty Images

School-leavers will be able to do apprenticeships in new areas such as financial services, the travel industry and cheffing under an expansion of the (...)

Dr John Tinsley: said the announcement signalled the firm’s ambitious growth plans

Irish translation software company Iconic Translation is to create 15 jobs at its Dublin headquarters after it raised €400,000 in seed funding. The(...)

Mary Mulvihill, pioneer of science journalism. Photograph: Brian Dolan

Mary Mulvihill, who has died aged 55 following a brief illness, was a pioneer of science journalism and science communication and a passionate advocat(...)

Maria Mallin (10), EU Digital Girl of the Year 2014 Lauren Boyle (10), Paula Neary, client director at Accenture Ireland and author of the report, and Chloe McArdle (10) at the launch of the “Continuing to Power Economic Growth: Attracting more women into Science and Technology 2.0” report. Photo: Naoise Culhane.

Biology is the most popular science subject among both girls and young women, while physics is the least popular, according a survey which raises fr(...)