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Engineer Martin Kearns insists Cape Town is a great place to live, despite its bad reputation. Photograph: Barbara McCarthy

When Tuam-born Martin Kearns left school in 1987, many young Irish people were emigrating, but he decided to stay in Ireland to do an apprenticeship w(...)

“I have noticed an increase in candidates applying to come back to Ireland from overseas now that Ireland is booming.” Photograph: iStock

Emigration is the perennial Irish safety valve in times of recession – and reversing the flow when times are good takes the pressure off too. Right n(...)

Shane Collins and his wife Eleanor: “We wanted some adventure but we always had the plan to come back to Ireland.”
‘Coming back was challenging’

While setting out on a new career in Ireland can be both daunting and rewarding, sometimes the need is for something much further afield. Shane Collin(...)

An engineering qualification gives graduates an international edge as their skills can be used anywhere in the world. Photograph: iStockphoto

At the age of 17 or 18, making a big decision about the future is a tough call. Students will no doubt have heard that there are copious job opportuni(...)

Limerick engineer Diarmuid Wood, who has settled in Syndey with his wife, former Sydney Rose,  Fiona  and children Annie and  Jack

Diarmuid Woods grew up in Glin in west Limerick, the eldest boy of seven children. “My father has a dairy farm and we all helped out on the farm. GAA (...)

The World Economic Forum Davos take place this week from Tuesday to Friday. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Monday Results: Netflix. Indicators: Irish wholesale prices (Dec). Tuesday Results: EasyJet, Johnson & Johnson, Mattel, Procter & Gamble. (...)

Michael Mescal: “Energy efficiency is becoming a mainstream problem in architectural design, and therefore needs software that can be easily used and understood”

Michael Mescal is an architect and academic specialising in computational design. He teaches at the school of architecture at UCD, and just over four (...)

Funicular folly is designed to be super-slim yet super-strong

This weekend, the Body & Soul festival at Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath, is offering its annual eclectic mix of musical and mystical experience(...)

One of the major pillars of traffic-easing measures is the establishment of viable public transport networks in a bid to move private cars off the roads. Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Smart cities could save drivers almost one full working day a year as traffic-management and smart parking initiatives are predicted to save some 4.2 (...)

Dublin, Galway, Cork and Limerick have all deployed smart-city technologies to varying degrees. File photograph: Frank Miller

The engagement of citizens will be crucial in the development of so-called ‘smart cities’, an international expert on digital planning for cities has (...)

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