“We need a balanced research activity,” Ibec innovation and education executive Claire McGee said. “You have to ensure you have this continuum from basic research through to the commercialisation of discoveries. You need a balance, it is not one or the other.”

The Government should establish a fully independent advisory body for science and should also increase State funding for research, Ibec has said.These(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald says the new authority brings a broad range of  perspectives to bear on decision-making. Photograph: Barry Cronin

A Sinn Féin proposal to include advocacy groups on the board of the new independent legal services regulatory authority was rejected by Minister for (...)

NCI chairman Denis O’Brien: directors’ report warns of reduction in cash from the Higher Education Authority’s Springboard programme. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Accounts were filed this week for the National College of Ireland (NCI), the third-level institution chaired by Denis O’Brien. His fellow directors in(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: said the picketing ‘sits uneasily’ with the unions‘ commitment to knowledge and learning.

Business group Ibec has strongly criticised the use of pickets at teacher training centres to obstruct the roll-out of the new junior cycle programme.(...)

Ibec head of policy and chief economist Fergal O’Brien and chief executive Danny McCoy: despite  economic growth, the employers’ group has  warned that the Government still has limited room to manoeuvre on the fiscal front. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Unemployment will fall below 9 per cent and gross domestic product will grow by 5.4 per cent this year, a performance that will see Irish economic (...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: to address Impact members on Thursday. Photograph: Shane O’Neill

Trade union Impact’s education division has said the “whole country needs a pay rise” after what it describes as “such a long period of wage stagnat(...)

Teresa Heeney, chief executive of Early Childhood Ireland, said one year’s paid parental leave should be only one element of reform package

The introduction of a full year’s paid parental leave split between both parents could take as long as five years to fully implement, a childcare gr(...)

Pictured at the funeral of Circuit Court judge Katherine Delahunt at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook, from left, Supreme Court Justice John Mc Menamin, Court of Appeal president  Sean Ryan, Sarah O Hagan, Circuit Court judge John O’Hagan and Finbar Fox SC. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Judge Katherine Delahunt was a vibrant, warm, loving and loved person, who was “always up for a bit of mischief” her funeral Mass heard this morning. (...)

Most employment lawyers say zero-hours contracts are unlikely to be used to any significant degree in Ireland

While there are growing accusations that employers are using zero- or low-hours contracts to exploit staff, there is no solid data available on how w(...)

Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton: received representations by pharma lobbyists complaining about pricing policy.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA), the main lobby group for drug companies, insists it “stands over” its claim that 500 jobs we(...)