Faoiltiarna Keenan, a student from Co Tyrone gives a hand to US Ambassador Kevin O’Malley and Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan while they pose for a photograph at  a USIT and CIEE (Council of International Educational Exchanges) orientation session at UCD student centre in  Belfield for J-1 participants. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times. 2:45

Travelling to the United States on a J1 visa is possibly the greatest experience that any student could have, but it also brings responsibilities, Min(...)

Siofra  O’Leary will serve a nine-year term at the European Court of Human Rights. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Irish lawyer Siofra O’Leary (46) has been appointed a judge at the European Court of Human Rights. Ms O’Leary was one of three Irish candidates nomina(...)

Gerard Gallagher, at DIT on Mountjoy Square, talks about dyslexia: ‘I’ve learned that the role of parents is hugely important: mine really wanted me to do well.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

College is a good place to have dyslexia. Secondary schools, in general, are less so. Children with dyslexia are in luck if their parents have mone(...)

Guide to business courses

ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE Higher Certificate in Business and Accounting (Level 6) IT Tallaght Two years full-time (with part-time options) T(...)

Dr Mary Redmond, who has died aged 64, was a corporate lawyer, academic and founder of a number of charities, most notably the Irish Hospice Foundatio(...)

Anti-fracking protesters at a demonstration in Co Fermanagh last year. Photograph: Boyes/Press Eye.

The lead company employed to carry out a study on fracking in Ireland is a pro-fracking organisation involved in the controversial gas extraction meth(...)

Oliver Heaviside: it was several decades before his brilliant ideas were implemented

In Wicklow town, an obelisk commemorates Robert Halpin, a master mariner born at the nearby Bridge Tavern. Halpin, one of the more important marine(...)

Rob Kearney, Zoe Kavanagh, chief executive of the  National Dairy Council, and Minister for Agriculture Simon  Coveney at the launc h of National Dairy Week.

Irish people should practise what they preach by consuming dairy products as we currently export 90 per cent of what we produce, Minister for Agricult(...)

Niall OCarroll – he insisted there was no apostrophe in his surname – played a leading role in developing Irish forestry. In his early years he pionee(...)

Aircraft equipped with EHS transponders are interrogated every four seconds by ground-based radar and, in response, send information on position, flight level, magnetic heading, air speed and ground speed. Photograph: Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images

It has often happened that an instrument designed for one purpose has proved invaluable for another. Galileo observed the regular swinging of a pen(...)