Brendan O’Neill, an Irish Research Council-funded PhD scholar at work on an early-medieval roundhouse. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

What is the connection between smart beehives and monastic Ireland? Or the connection between bronze-age metalwork and ultrafast magnetism? Or betw(...)

Minister of State for Research Damien English: “We need a plan that will increase our spend in research.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ireland would have a visionary strategy for investment in science by October, Minister of State for Research Damien English has said. Mr English was(...)

‘I don’t believe for a moment that Tim Hunt’s remarks were “harmful” or “injurious” to women, or desperately off-putting to girls considering Stem (non-medical science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers.’ Above, Tim Hunt, who resigned from University College London  after his comments about the “trouble with girls” involved in science sparked an outcry. Photograph: Johnny Green/PA Wire

How should we punish old men who make sexist jokes? Judging by the case of Tim Hunt, very severely indeed. No mercy shall be shown. The 72-year-old Br(...)

Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English. Mr English has praised this year’s recipients of  the Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme, who are to share €6 million in funding between them. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A group of 80 young researchers have received an important boost, with the announcement that they are to share funding worth €6 million to help them (...)

A project from Dr Lorraine Brennan of University College Dublin will look at the relationship between diet and health.  Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

Seven scientists based in Ireland have won major grants from the European Research Council, ranging in value from €1.9 million to €2.75 million.A proj(...)

Eoin Carley at the Paris Observatory

Postgraduate qualifications in a word: research. Postgrads are all about specialist thinking, of looking at the world in new ways, and figuring out(...)

University College Cork (UCC). Researchers in UCC and NUI Galway have received about €2 million each in  funding from the European Research Council for their work in the life sciences. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Researchers in University College Cork (UCC) and National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) have received about €2 million each in research funding(...)

Prof Valeria Nicolosi: uses a form of 3D printing to make electronic components and advanced batteries.

Two Dublin-based scientists have received grants of €150,000 each from the European Research Council to help them bring their discoveries to market.Th(...)

Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English and Professor Mark Ferguson, director general of Science Foundation Ireland, at the launch of SFI’s review of important milestones and achievements for 2014 and  its plans for 2015

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has published its annual plan for 2015 as well as a review of key milestones and achievements during 2014. The coming(...)

Minister for Research and Innovation Damien English: “Absolutely convinced” that investment in research was important for Ireland. Photograph: The Irish Times

Ireland needs to recruit internationally recognised scientific “stars” to help grow our research ecosystem. They help build reputation but also suppor(...)