The signatories are advocating that less funding emphasis be placed on economically-driven research. Photograph: The Irish Times

More than 800 leading research scientists have joined forces to lobby the Government as it prepares a new national strategy for scientific research. I(...)

The Royal Irish Academy was aware of a consultation process, but other stakeholders were not told. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An interdepartmental committee asked to devise a new scientific research strategy for Ireland has left out an important part of the process – the scie(...)

Mark Redmond of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland, Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, and Laura Mahoney of the Royal Irish Academy with an Intel Quark chip on a Galileo board, designed in Ireland. It is an example of world-class research innovation conducted in Ireland as a result of US FDI

Nominations are now being sought for the inaugural US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards. Developed by the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland and th(...)

Catherine Marshall and Niamh O’Sullivan: two of the authors of the Famine Folios for the Irish Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The world’s “greatest collection of Irish Famine art and famine data” has been assembled for future generations to study one of the world’s great mode(...)

The awards are in recognition of excellence in research innovation

The Royal Irish Academy and the American Chamber of Commerce have opened the call for nominations for the US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards. The a(...)

The principle of freedom of conscience is as important as majority decision-making. Photograph: Getty Images

The relationship of church and state in education is under renewed scrutiny. Plans to create more diversity in patronage have fallen flat, and prom(...)

Remote corner: swans on  Dooaghtry Lough. Illustration: Michael Viney

My favourite lake lies at the end of the machair, the grassy plain behind the dunes. I’m not sure I can even call it a lake, at least officially, as t(...)

On Christmas Eve 2014, in the company of a dear friend, I attended the carol service at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. This has become a long-stan(...)

Joseph Dinkel’s illustration of Keraterpeton galvani, named after Charles Galvan, one of the Geological Survey of Ireland fossil collectors. Image courtesy TCD Geology Museum

On this day in 1866, members of the Royal Irish Academy gathered in their elegant meeting room on Dawson Street in Dublin to hear about an importan(...)

Ruth O’Hara, a harpist at the Royal Irish Academy, at the opening of the Harp Festival of Moons, which took place in the house where WB Yeats was born in Sandymount, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The house in Dublin where the poet WB Yeats was born was opened to the public last night for a harp recital to coincide with the first full moon of 2(...)