A worker at the Andor Technology factory  in Belfast. The firm  is actively seeking 18 voluntary redundancies at its Belfast operations.  Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker

The world’s “largest science lesson” will take place today at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast as part of an initiative to inspire children to become the (...)

Finn Leach (8) from Leixlip, Co Kildare, takes a break from the shopping mayhem at Arnotts department store in Dublin during the first day of the winter sales yesterday. Business was brisk on the capital’s main shopping streets, with long queues for changing rooms in several stores. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

It’s 12.55pm. A man of military bearing stands alone in the handbag department of Brown Thomas. In one hand a Michael Kors bag, in the other a mobile (...)