Ireland has developed chip manufacturing skills and knowledge and this can be used in the development of solar photo voltaic (PV) systems
The shape of things to come

No single technology will provide the solution to Ireland’s future energy needs. Nor will any existing technology or combination of them. Energy sourc(...)

Pictured at this year’s Allianz Business to Arts Awards were Andrew Hetherington, chief executive Business to Arts; Sean McGrath, chief executive, Allianz Ireland; Laura Lynch, head of segments at Bank of Ireland; Richie Boucher chief executive of Bank of Ireland and the Junk Kouture winner (centre), Mariusz Malon (18) from Scoil Mhuire Secondary School, Buncrana, Co Donegal. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Dublin’s Dean Hotel and Accenture were among the businesses recognised Monday for their partnerships with the arts. More than €6.5 million was spent (...)

The Labour Court has recommended that Aer Lingus staff should be given a total pay rise of 8.8 percent over 39 months, according to the Sunday Independent. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Housebuilder Bridgedale, which has joined forces with US private equity firm Oaktree to set up a home construction company that’s been lined up for a (...)

Head office of the ESB in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

ESB finance, a wholly owned subsidiary of the ESB, has reported a significant jump in pretax profit from €4,000 in 2015 to €3 million last year. The j(...)

Senior Government figures have discussed setting up a new housing corporation that would be able to act as a developer of State-funded homes. Photograph: Getty Images

A number of parties have called on the Government to give the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) more powers to build housing instead of establis(...)

BHSL co-founder Jack O’Connor: Limerick County Council told him  it was no longer permitted to spread chicken manure as fertiliser

Adversity became the mother of innovation for Limerick-based BHSL, which has developed a unique, patent-protected system to convert poultry manure int(...)

Latest figures from the Department of Finance show there were close to 8,000 Help-to-Buy applications in the first half of 2017, of which 5,000 were successful. File photograph: Frank Miller

Scrapping the Government’s Help-to-Buy scheme would be “a mistake” and would disrupt efforts to address the housing crisis, according to the head of t(...)

John O’Connor, CEO of the Housing Agency, wants to see more stringent planning laws to discourage short-term letting of units that are not owner-inhabited. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Developers who build low-density housing in highly populated areas should be hit with punitive levies, the head of the Housing Agency has said. John (...)

Billy Costello of Green Generation, Nurney, Co Kildare. “A RHI “will make it possible for farmers to become ‘energy farmers’, to put crops into a biogas plant”.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Some of Ireland’s leading food and drink companies are supporting a big move into production of biogas, an emissions-free energy source from agricultu(...)

Prof Tony Lewis: “It is a matter of balancing use of the marine environment for energy, fishing, aquaculture and tourism – to everybody’s satisfaction.”

When one of the world’s largest energy companies identifies solar, wind and nuclear as targets for diversified investment, advocates of ocean energy m(...)