Nora Twomey of Cartoon Saloon. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

If Nora Twomey is pretending to have “never been into heels and dresses”, as she puts it, she’s doing a top notch job. Having already walked the Acade(...)

Stimulating R&D and innovation in the economy involves a multi-faceted approach including the continued supply of top-quality and relevant talent, a competitive economy to attract capital investment, and an effective tax system.

A key ambition of the Government’s Innovation 2020 strategy is to increase total investment in R&D in Ireland to 2.5 per cent of GNP. This would r(...)

Ireland is currently spending about 1.3 to 1.5 per cent of GDP on R&D compared to an EU average of 2.03 per cent. Photograph: iStock

“Ireland’s future economic growth and prosperity will depend in very large measure on our continued investment in research, development and innovation(...)

When it comes to research and development, Ireland is investing less than the EU average. Photograph: iStock

When it comes to research and development, Ireland is investing less than the EU average. And yet many sectors are forging ahead with R&D. So who (...)

Preeclampsia is characterised by high blood pressure and signs of damage to other organs.

A Cork-based biotechnology company has secured €2 million in funding to develop a product to identify whether women could develop preeclampsia. Meta(...)

US president Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the international nuclear deal with Iran and his threat to reimpose sanctions on firms doing business with the country have cast fresh doubt over Ireland’s trade with it. Photograph: Getty Images

More than €143 million worth of Irish exports to Iran are under threat from US president Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the international nucl(...)

Competition for Chinese business is intense among European nations, and Ireland’s achievement is all the more remarkable when you consider the differences in staffing levels compared to some of our EU colleagues. Photograph: Jie Zhao/Corbis via Getty Images

The recent success in securing approval for Irish beef imports into China was accomplished by hard work and astute negotiation by Ireland’s embassy in(...)

SensL Technologies is  one of the leading suppliers of silicon photomultiplier  sensor technology for light-sensing applications. Photograph: Getty Images

A Cork-based tech firm, whose sensors are being used by firms developing driverless cars, has been acquired in a multimillion euro deal. SensL Techno(...)

Fanled founder Bernard Hayes: “We are essentially a music publisher with its own crowd-funding vehicle.”

Bernard Hayes has been in the music industry for the last 25 years. He knows the business inside out, having started out as a roadie, and worked his w(...)

Liam Kavanagh (left), managing director of The Irish Times, presenting the overall Irish Times Innovation award to John Browne and Dr James Kennedy from Kastus at the 2017 Irish Times Innovation Awards. Photograph:  Conor McCabe Photography

Entries are invited for the prestigious Irish Times Innovation Awards 2018. This year’s awards will comprise five categories, covering a wide array of(...)

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