Colm O’Reardon (second from left) is a brother of Labour Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin. Photograph: Alan Betson

The former economic adviser to ex-tánaiste Eamon Gilmore is set to take up a senior civil service position in the Department of Health. Colm O’Reardo(...)

Prof Mark Ferguson: “The fact that Ireland has been in the top 20 for a few years and has now improved to 16th place is a tremendous achievement for the country.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

While Ireland may have had some mixed results in the latest international university rankings the country overall is doing very well indeed when it co(...)

Hydrolight chief executive  Fin Murray: “At the moment water analysis at the cellular level has to be done in a lab. Three to four days, and a big chunk of money later, you’re told what’s in the water. In the mean time a contamination event has become bigger, more dangerous and more expensive to clean up.”
New innovator: Hydrolight

Nobody likes the idea of drinking or using contaminated water. However bugs such as E. Coli don’t discriminate when it comes to choosing a place to co(...)

Science-fiction film Ex Machina which offers a clever version of the robots versus humans narrative

Are technology companies running too fast into the future and creating things that could potentially wreak havoc on humankind? That question has been (...)

Jamie Roberts has agreed a deal with Harlequins. Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Wales centre Jamie Roberts will follow his fellow Lion Jonathan Sexton out of Racing Metro after signing a deal with Conor O’Shea’s Harlequins in the (...)

Prof Stephen O’Rahilly, who discovered the obesity gene affecting children, is head of  clinical biochemistry and director of the Institute of Metabolic Science at the University of Cambridge. Photograph: Phil Mynott

Stephen O’Rahilly struggles with his weight. “I have a very powerful appetite, I eat too much. I would find it impossible to skip lunch,” the Cambridg(...)

Siofra  O’Leary will serve a nine-year term at the European Court of Human Rights. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Irish lawyer Siofra O’Leary (46) has been appointed a judge at the European Court of Human Rights. Ms O’Leary was one of three Irish candidates nomina(...)

Dr Mary Redmond, who has died aged 64, was a corporate lawyer, academic and founder of a number of charities, most notably the Irish Hospice Foundatio(...)

‘None of these criticisms is likely to dent Blair’s belief in his own righteousness. He is doubtless buoyed by regular, gushes of praise for his involvement in the making of the Belfast Agreement.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Tony Blair is set to step down as Middle East “peace envoy” for the Quartet – the United Nations, the European Union, Russia and the United States. He(...)

Three judges who allegedly viewed pornography on official IT equipment at work were sacked for “wholly unacceptable” behaviour and a fourth has resigned. Photograph: Getty

Three judges who viewed pornography on official IT equipment at work were sacked for “wholly unacceptable” behaviour and a fourth has resigned, the J(...)