HitchBOT was  equipped with GPS, speech recognition and access to Wikipedia

“Sometimes bad things happen to good robots,” said HitchBOT, the travelling robot. This little robot has accepted his fate with stoicism but the socia(...)

David Smith: after four years in Ireland, he will head up Diageo’s Australia and New Zealand operations

Going-away drinks will presumably soon be flowing for Diaego Ireland boss David Smith, who has just been appointed to head up Diaego’s operations in A(...)

Barbarians’ Wynand Oliver and Gerhard Vosloo tackle Ireland’s Colm O’Shea during the friendly match at Thomond Park.

Joe Schmidt admitted any prospective citing against Jack McGrath for his 32nd minute knee into the back of the Barbarians’ Georgian lock Konstantin Mi(...)

Barbarians’ Zane Kirchner touches down to score a try in the game against an Ireland XVat Thomond park. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Barbarians 22 Ireland 21 The individual consequences will be more significant after Ireland slipped to a defeat at Thomond Park that will merely be a(...)

David Smith:  “There’s no doubt it’s a good time to be bought and make an exit. Corporations have cash and it’s easier to acquire technology than to do blue-sky thinking.”

As an Irishman heading up the US office of a UK mergers and acquisitions bank in Silicon Valley, David Smith gets a tri-cultural perspective on one of(...)

Detail from Good Bye To all That by Mick O’Dea

Last year the painter Mick O’Dea approached me to ask if I would contribute a short text to a publication on three of his exhibitions at the Kevin (...)

Fergus Finlay, left chairman of the Stop Out of Control Drinking campaign, clinical psychotherapist Joanna Fortune, LRC chief executive Kieran Mulvey and Aine Lynch of the National Parents Council at the launch of the campaign. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Diageo would “have to listen” if a report the drinks giant was funding recommended a ban on alcohol sponsorship of sports and other live events, its c(...)

Former South African president  Nelson Mandela: the  sequel is based on a little known manuscript Mandela wrote by hand but never completed, chronicling his time as the country’s first black president. Photograph: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images

“I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest(...)

Guinness grew 1.4 per cent to a share of 8.9 per cent in the off trade in Ireland while returning a 32.7 per cent for the on trade

Sales of Guinness rose 1 per cent in Ireland for the second half of 2014, taking the brand back to growth for the first time in six years.Diageo said (...)

A statue of Henry Royce stands outside the Rolls-Royce plant in Derby. The engineering group revealed plans to cut 2,600 jobs in its aerospace division, with the threat of more cuts to come.
Photograph: Reuters

It was a day of contrasting fortunes for British workers yesterday. First there was good news in the form of a landmark ruling that overtime should be(...)