Sligo is over 100km from Galway and serves the wider region including Leitrim, north Mayo, north Roscommon, west Cavan and south Donegal. Photograph: iStock

One of the most striking features of the economic geography of the northwest is the lack of a large urban centre. Both Sligo and Letterkenny are rough(...)

More than €2 billion will go towards expanding institutes of technology and part-funding ambitious developments in the university sector.

Plans to expand universities and institutes of technology to meet growing student numbers forms a key part of the Government’s 10 year National Develo(...)

Foreign direct investment: multinationals such as Intel look for highly skilled graduates. Photograph: Intel Corporation

When it comes to regional development, particularly the development of smaller towns, there are frequent calls for IDA Ireland to bring jobs to a town(...)

There is no shortage of zoned land in Ireland, but when it comes to the larger urban centres there is a lack of zoned land that has key services such as water and sewerage connections. Photograph: Getty Images

The history of national spatial plans in Ireland is one of failed opportunities – plans that were undermined by local political interests and policy i(...)

Dr Anne Looney, head of Dublin City University’s faculty of education, says DCU planning to extend its range of undergraduate teacher education programmes. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Third-level colleges are resisting plans by Minister for Education Richard Bruton to introduce quotas on the number of teachers they train in specific(...)

Ger Goold, chief operating officer and partner, Kernel Capital; Frank Smyth, chief executive, Pilot Photonics and  Kevin Healy of Bank of Ireland

Pilot Photonics, a spin-out company built on more than a decade’s work by research teams at Dublin City University and the Tyndall National Institute (...)

Some of the elephant herd  at the Kaziranga Forest Trail, Dublin Zoo: Upali,   Berrnhardine, Yasmin, Anak and Asha. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Recent controversy about the death of animals in Tayto Park is a reminder of the complexity of keeping animals in captivity for human amusement. When (...)

Liam Casey of UCD in action against Declan Monaghan of DCU during the  Sigerson Cup quarter-final at DCU Sportsgrounds in Ballymun, Dublin. Photograph by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

UCD 0-16 DCU 1-9 UCD advanced to a semi-final showdown next week against Ulster University in the Sigerson Cup after a deserved victory at DCU Sport(...)

 A computer-generated image  showing an Aldi store on the ground floor of a residential building which will be built in Berlin, Germany. Image: Aldi Nord/EPA

If you thought the scramble for the Aldi chainsaws was a sight, wait until they launch their latest special offer. The German discounter has announce(...)

Irish 101 is hosted on the Open University’s online education platform FutureLearn.

Céad míle fáilte! Have you forgotten all the Irish you learned in school? I found that it never stuck unless there was some interesting context, which(...)

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