Galway-based Ward & Burke has operations in the Republic, Canada and Britain and specialises in sanitary and water services, for which it designs and builds treatment plants, tunnelling and pipelines. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Growth in its Canadian and British businesses helped boost turnover and profits at Irish civil engineering group Ward & Burke last year, figures (...)

The difficulty is that after you die nobody can get into your social media accounts unless they have your password. And if they do log in, for most of these, they’re actually in breach of the terms of service

In 2005, a motorcycle accident took the life of 22-year-old Nebraskan Loren Williams. In an effort to find out more about her son’s life, Karen Wil(...)

Working group chairman Maurice Manning: “Rather than set aside a specific number of seats for emigrants and the North, we though it better to allow all citizens to vote on the same basis.” Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Allowing all Irish citizens to vote in Seanad elections is an essential component of political reform, Maurice Manning, the chairman of a working g(...)

The working group on Seanad reform chaired by the former leader of the House and current Chancellor of the National University of Ireland, Maurice Manning, has recommended that work begin immediately on legislation to give effect to the recommendations.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

All Irish citizens including emigrants and residents of Northern Ireland should be allowed to vote in Seanad elections according to an official report(...)

Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, Sinn Féin: said the proposals for Irish citizens living abroad fell far short of what people wanted and deserved. Photograph: Alan Betson

Proposals to extend Seanad voting rights to emigrants and people living in the North are unlikely to be implemented before the election due early nex(...)

NUI chancellor Maurice Manning, chairman of the expert group on Seanad reform. Photograph: Alan Betson

A report believed to recommend radical reform of the Seanad and its electoral system has been presented to Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The report has(...)

‘It is  disheartening that the HSE has been recruiting doctors from abroad over the past decade to help battle this workforce shortage, while there are medical students graduating from medical schools here that will not be offered jobs.’ Photograph: Getty Images

A typical conversation among medical students in Ireland involves at least one person asking, “So where are you going after you graduate?” Without (...)

All international and local research shows higher levels of education increase your employability as well as your salary

Young people throughout the EU are the biggest cohort of victims of the current economic crisis. Their rate of unemployment ranges from mid-20 per cen(...)

Raymond Codd of Codd Mushrooms: the mushroom industry is worth more than €112 million and now employs more than 3,200 people in Ireland

The mushroom industry in Ireland is acknowledged to be one of the best in the world. It is the largest horticultural sector in Ireland and is worth mo(...)

Mary O’Rourke: has not yet been formally asked to sit on the working group for Seanad reform but says she would be “very open” to it. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government is to appoint a working group comprising former senators and people outside politics to make recommendations within three months on ho(...)