“If we achieve the predicted return to economic progress in Ireland and elsewhere, it is reasonable to predict that our finest researchers will avail of the opportunity to emigrate to where their work is more valued. The damage to our research programmes will be immense.” Photograph: Getty Images

While research faces significant obstacles in Europe, Ireland’s national research policy is facing an even more alarming crisis as it continues to ign(...)

ECB president Mario Draghi: “There is no debate about our goal, which is to return inflation toward 2 per cent in the medium-term, in line with our mandate.” Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

The European Central Bank is widely expected to cut interest rates and loosen credit at its next rate-setting meeting this Thursday. ECB president Mar(...)

Fr Seán Healy: “It is not enough for economic activity to be profitable, it is also essential that it promote the common good.” Photograph: Mark Maxwell

Commitment to the European social model “is essential if the wellbeing of this and future generations is to be secured,” Dr Seán Healy director of Soc(...)

Joined-up thinking: a photomontage by engineers Roughan O’Donovan of the new Liffey bridge, the Rosie Hackett, seen from O’Connell Bridge, with a tram passing over, part of a new project which will link the Luas Green and Red lines.

What do we talk about when we talk about design? Discussion of it is often confined to the lifestyle sections of our newspapers: attractive furniture (...)