With this new branch of science, human behaviour is not assumed, it is observed and experimented upon. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

I’ve never liked food shopping or supermarkets. I especially don’t like navigating overlit aisles after a busy day in an air-conditioned office. It(...)

While there is a very high rate of drop-out from sport and exercise among students in exam years, participation in sport is unlikely to affect exam performance negatively and may well have a positive impact. Photograph: Thinkstock 2:19

Some children dread the annual school sports day that is coming up any week now. They are probably the same youngsters who rejoice in wet Saturday mor(...)

Swansong: Clive James’s appearance on The Book Show, on RTÉ, provided the radio moment of the week. Photograph: Hazel Thompson/New York Times

For all that it’s important to stay informed, tuning into the morning news is rarely conducive to a bright start to the day. When not depressing li(...)

Blackrock College and Clongowes Wood College contest this year’s Leinster Senior Schools Cup final. Research has shown 18 per cent of rugby players drop out of the sport within three to four years of leaving secondary school. Photograph: Inpho

The IRFU have begun to address what has become a critical issue of large numbers of players falling out of the game. Following a study conducted by th(...)

The establishment of the IGEES represents a major step on the Irish public sector reform agenda, requiring senior officials and politicians to agree the economic elements in decision-making be analysed in a more rigorous and transparent manner. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Everyone agrees that greater transparency and accountability in government are desirable – but until now one of the success stories of Irish pu(...)

Illustration: Eoin Coveney

2006Things could hardly have looked sunnier for Irish consumers in the summer of 2006. The savings scheme introduced by former minister for finance Ch(...)

Audio podcast: after the troika

As part of our coverage of Ireland’s exit this week from the EU/IMF bailout, we debate the issues raised by the country’s post-crash realities in a sp(...)