The Department of Foreign Affairs: organised training and briefing programme. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A group of government officials, leading Communist Party cadres and executives from state-owned enterprises from Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing and Beijing(...)

 Barry O’Leary: gaggle of mandarins queued up to wish him well on his departure.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Barry O’Leary, the outgoing IDA Ireland chief executive, was in attendance at the PayPal jobs gig at the Shelbourne, although he didn’t say much: the (...)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton,  with Julie Sinnamon, chief executive officer of Enterprise Ireland.Over 30,000 people set up new businesses in Ireland last year, according to the GEM report. Photo: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The rate of early stage entrepreneurial activity in Ireland is at its highest since the onset of the economic crisis, with more than 30,000 people sta(...)

There are good job prospects for graduates in this ever-changing industry: A UCD chemical engineering student, above.

The first engineers invented the wheel. Today, engineers continue to bring scientific ideas to life, inventing and maintaining the variety of products(...)

Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte: sustainable energy is “the next big opportunity for Irish enterprise”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Ireland must position itself as a centre of excellence for companies supplying Europe’s green energy market, estimated to be worth €155 billion by 20(...)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton welcomed the appointment of Martin Shanahan as CEO designate of the IDA.

Forfás chief Martin Shanahan has been appointed CEO designate of the IDA.Mr Shanahan, who will take up the role in August, was selected following an e(...)

The Irish economy is at a “turning point” in terms of cost competitiveness, the National Competiveness Council (NNC) has warned. In a rep(...)

A major new report on the construction sector has forecast an increase of 30 percent in output over the next four years and the creation of abo(...)

 Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton: “I think employers must make their own assessments based on their personal experience of how their own business and sector is performing”

Across-the-board pay rises throughout the economy would not be appropriate at present(...)

Illustration: Linda Braucht

A couple of weeks back a Central Bank analyst called Yvonne McCarthy published an illuminating piece of research that revealed that the vast majority (...)