Dr Gill Pratt: “If you take the driving manual and you follow those rules precisely, you’ll often get into situations where your car will get stuck and not make any progress at all. So how do you figure that out?”

Dr Gill Pratt is Toyota’s billion dollar man. The quietly spoken, unassuming academic is tasked with mapping out a future for the Japanese car giant i(...)

Irish diplomat Rory Montgomery: “We have to make the best of it. There will be positives as well. We now realise as a country that we have to do more, more quickly, of what we should do anyway.” Photograph: Conor McCabe

Brexit is the greatest economic challenge faced by Ireland in the past 50 years, Anne Lanigan, the head of the Brexit unit in Enterprise Ireland told (...)

Adrian Newey, the chief technical officer of Red Bull Racing: he among the speakers at The Future festival. Photograph:   Mark Thompson/Getty Images

A vacuum may have been left by the departure of Web Summit from these shores, but since then various folks in event management have been out to fill t(...)

AventaMed co-founder John Vaughan, chairman Jack Cashman, co-founder and CEO Olive O’Driscoll and Bruce Clibborn of HBAN Boole Investment Syndicate. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

AventaMed, a Cork-based medtech firm focused on simplifying surgical procedures, has secured a €1.8 million investment to enable the company to attain(...)

Deirdre Glenn of Enterprise Ireland: “The indigenous medtech sector is a really good news story for Ireland.” Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennell Photography

Ireland’s largest medical technologies event takes place today in the RDS in Dublin. Organised by Enterprise Ireland, the biennial Med In Ireland ev(...)

Austria: a swerve to the right 1:22

It’s a measure of how the ground has shifted in Europe that the prospect of a party with neo-Nazi roots entering government in Austria has been widely(...)

Mock operating theatre/intensive care units at the RCSI’s York Street facility. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Lucina lies in labour on a hospital bed screaming for an epidural even though she can feel no pain. She is Ireland’s only “birthing mannequin”, a €75,(...)

Brexit secretary David Davis told MPs this week that he expects EU leaders to agree that the negotiations are close to achieving as much progress as they can before moving on to trade talks. Photograph: AFP/PRU

Theresa May travels to Brussels on Thursday with no hope of moving on to talks about a post-Brexit trade deal before December, as other EU leaders exp(...)

 Vice Admiral Mark Mellett: nominated by the Government for election to the highest military body in the EU. Photograph: Alan Betson

Vice Admiral Mark Mellett will stand down as chief of staff of the Defence Forces if he is appointed chairman of the EU Military Committee (EUMC) the (...)

Maltese prime minister Joseph Muscat (left) and his head of communications Kurt Farrugia walk out of his office  to the jeers of  people protesting  the assassination of  journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in a car bomb attack, in Valletta, Malta. Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

Prime minister Joseph Muscat offered on Wednesday a major reward to anyone with information about the killing of prominent journalist Daphne Caruana G(...)