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The manufacturing sector is the second largest employer in Ireland and accounts for 450,000 jobs. Photograph: Getty Images

A new Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research centre launched earlier this year will help Ireland play a leading role in the global smart manufactur(...)

Trinity College Dublin librarian and college archivist Helen Shenton with Prof Rachel Moss, head of history of art and architecture at Trinity, with the Book of Durrow. Photograph: Trinity College Dublin

Before the Book of Kells, there was the Book of Durrow. This smaller, lesser-known manuscript is an exquisite piece of craftsmanship in its own right (...)

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini addresses a press conference on a new Africa-Europe Alliance. Photograph: Emmanuel DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

They are talking about a change of paradigm. Europe will not work “for” Africa – or perhaps, she should have said, Africa “for” Europe – but “with” Af(...)

The arrival of Storm Ali, which affected electricity supplies across the country and forced the second day of the National Ploughin Championships to be abandoned for health and safety reasons, reflected the weather-dependent nature of farming. Photograph: Tom Honan

Farming is a difficult, dangerous occupation. For those involved, developing a family business and working outdoors can be hugely satisfying, with the(...)

Some 40 per cent of respondents of a PwC survey  specifically singled out housing as a bottleneck in the economy that could potentially frustrate their business plans. Photograph: Alan Betson

Nearly half of Irish business leaders see the lack of affordable housing as a key impediment to expanding their businesses, a survey by consultancy fi(...)

Trump said: “The Sahara border can’t be bigger than our border with Mexico.” Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

Donald Trump suggested the Spanish government tackle the Mediterranean migration crisis by emulating one of his his most famous policies and building (...)

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten at the Data Summit conference, in Croke Park, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Minister for Communications, Denis Naughten, has signed orders aimed at securing critical national infrastructure in the event of a cybersecurity (...)

Willie White, director of the Dublin Theatre Festival. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Willie White is moving beyond it. It isn’t that the artistic director of the Dublin Theatre Festival (DTF) is reluctant to discuss this year’s setbac(...)

Every inch of the new US-built GT has been considered and designed to serve a purpose. Even the glorious buttresses are hollow to help channel air to the engine and improve aerodynamics

Forget the hype: no one mentions Ford in the same breath as Ferrari, Bugatti or Lamborghini. It’s ridiculous to even countenance such a thought. The f(...)

'One of the chief arguments for abolishing the rule is that it is a waste of time. The average French child spends 80 hours learning it, without ever understanding.' Photograph: Getty Images

As a native English-speaker who has constantly endeavoured to perfect her French, I have been delighted by a grammatical controversy raging in French (...)

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