“If we achieve the predicted return to economic progress in Ireland and elsewhere, it is reasonable to predict that our finest researchers will avail of the opportunity to emigrate to where their work is more valued. The damage to our research programmes will be immense.” Photograph: Getty Images

While research faces significant obstacles in Europe, Ireland’s national research policy is facing an even more alarming crisis as it continues to ign(...)

Dr Karen Twomey, research scientist at Tyndall National Institute, and Teagasc food scientist Dr Phil Kelly. They are working on a bio-sensor which will detect harmful spore-forming bacteria in milk much quicker than conventional testing

Scientists from Tyndall National Institute and Teagasc say their plans for a sensor which detects spore-forming bacteria in milk is a world first and(...)

Ireland’s largest research centre, the Tyndall National Institute, is to head a European consortium which is looking to create thermally intelligent (...)

Dr Ruth Freeman, the Science Foundation’s director of strategy and communications: she says the goal is to encourage interest and debate about science, technology, engineering and maths. Photograph: Arthur Allison.

An animated TV series about science, a chance to invent electronics and a poster campaign are among successful projects to win a share in a €1.6 mill(...)

Out tomorrow: US consumer confidence (Sep).  Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
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Liam Casey, Founder, PCH, waits to go on the centre stage at the Web Summit. Photograph: Naoise Culhane/Sportsfile

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Dr David Mckeown, based at UCD is using maths to control space rocket vibrations

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Mark Ferguson, director of of SFI Science Foundation Ireland, said that the new research centres “will make a significant contribution to Ireland’s economy, employment and reputation”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

Almost €250 million is to be invested in five new world-class Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research centres, in a move aimed at enhancing research(...)

Dr Anne Moore, UCC School of Pharmacy, showing three of the small microneedle patches that could deliver better vaccinations. Photograph: Tomas Tyner/UCC.

Science Editor Researchers in Cork have come up with innovative new vaccination techniques that could slash the cost of controlling diseases such as m(...)

A doctor holding a  test positive test for Malaria at the Magburaka PHC Primary Health Clinic in  Sierra Leone. Researchers at University College Cork have developed a new microneedle immunisation technology which could prove hugely significant in the fight against malaria. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Researchers at University College Cork have developed a new microneedle immunisation technology which could prove hugely significant in the fight agai(...)