Oisin Hanrahan got the idea for Handy while developing properties in Budapest, when he noticed how difficult it was to find a trustworthy cleaner.  Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/SPORTSFILE/Web Summit

Thirty-two year old Dubliner Oisin Hanrahan is cleaning up, literally. His start-up Handy, which provides cleaning and DIY services, is pulli(...)

For the child to develop properly, the relationship with the primary carer is important. Photograph: Thinkstock

We all know the early experience of infants and toddlers matters. My mother often says, “Sure he hadn’t a great start” when talking about someone who (...)

The International Year of Light has already seen a number of events in Ireland, including the lighting of the Spire in Dublin which was timed to coincide with the St Patrick’s Day festival. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

It’s the International Year of Light. That’s not some airy-fairy notion about positivity; it’s a chance to focus on the science of light. In 20(...)

Lotteries: could be used to keep ‘bad reasons’ out of decision-making

Making decisions by lottery is often seen as an affront to justice. Witness, for example, the furore over the Camogie Association’s plan to settle (...)

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (right) may face legal challenge over Bills. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

The dust is settling from a marathon and sometimes chaotic parliamentary battle over security Bills allowing Japanese troops to fight abroad for th(...)

Nicholas Culpeper

What do cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, pine nuts, almonds and cloves have in common? You are probably thinking they all belong in cookies. According t(...)

The  European Central Bank HQ in Frankfurt: Kenneth Rogoff believes  Northern Europeans are being “penny wise and pound foolish” not to agree to broad writedowns for vulnerable economies in Europe. Photograph: Daniel RolandAFP/Getty Images

Ireland should go back to the negotiating table for a “significant” debt writedown after the crisis in Greece is resolved, a former International Mone(...)

The data showed the total number of calls made by individuals who had recently lost their jobs dropped by 51 per cent following their layoffs

US data researchers have shown how mobile-phone data can be used to “quickly and accurately detect, track and predict changes in the economy at mul(...)

World leaders at the G7 summit in Germany: we should be sceptical of their commitments to climate action as we have heard them for nearly a quarter ofa century. Photograph: Markus Schreibe/AP

Is there any significant likelihood that policy action will eliminate the risk of climate disaster? At present, the answer is no. This is so, even tho(...)

Malcolm Gladwell: vented his fury. Photograph: KPA/Zuma/Rex Features

It’s not often that renowned journalist and best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell tweets, but when he does people take note, especially when he’s takin(...)