European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker decided after taking office that the commission no longer needed a chief scientific adviser. Photograph: AP Photo/Virginia Mayo

Scientists are sticklers for evidence. They start with a theory, an assumption about why something is so, but then like to conduct experiments to c(...)

Humour, a strong social conscience and an easy mastery of technology were all outstanding characteristics of Peter Mooney, a widely respected RTÉ radi(...)

A total of 19 new members have been brought into the Royal Irish Academy at a ceremony in Dublin on Friday. The new members of the academy include Steve Myers, who was the director of accelerators at CERN when the Higgs boson was discovered in 2012 and  Martin Naughton, chairman of Glen Dimplex. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

A more “dynamic” higher education system is needed to attract both top researchers and women to leadership roles in Ireland, the president of the Roya(...)

US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards 2015: Prof Oliver Dolly (DCU) and Mary E Daly (president of RIA) with Eamonn Sinnott  (president of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland), Eddie Cullen (from Ulster Bank) and Shawn Murphy from KPMG. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Xilinx Ireland, Alimentary Health and Dublin City University were named the overall winners at the inaugural US-Ireland research innovation awards in(...)

 Wilbur Ross: The New York investor  sold a 5.5 % stake in Bank of Ireland for €477 million in June 2014, three years after buying into the lender. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Billionaire US investor Wilbur Ross, who almost tripled his money on his bottom- of- the- cycle investment in Bank of Ireland, has ruled out buying i(...)

Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton with American Chamber chief executive Mark Redmond and RIA executive director Laura Mahoney at the launch of the inaugural US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards

The inaugural US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards will be presented this Friday, May 15th, at the American Chamber of Commerce annual dinner in the (...)

Ibec warns that the pipeline of discoveries as they move towards commercialisation will dry up without more blue-skies activity and also wants to see the establishment of a body independent of government to watch how we invest State funding in research

Astrologers always believe that big things will happen when planets align. If Mars, Jupiter and Saturn line up surely that must be a sign that change (...)

‘From the mid-17th century – with the intensification of anti-Catholic persecution under Cromwell – the numbers of Irish religious in Prague increased. The 18 friars in 1634 had risen to more than 50 by 1654.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The story of the waves of emigration forced on the Catholic Irish by the consolidation of English Protestant power in Ireland in the 17th and 18th cen(...)

Sometimes it’s best to leave things alone. You may remember I returned to the word humbug last February after first addressing it before Christmas. Th(...)

Tom Boland, chief executive of the  Higher Education Authority,  said some universities were  “lamentably slow, even contradictory” in reducing number of courses.

Several universities are blocking attempts by Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to reduce the number of entry courses in a bid to simplify the th(...)