Colleges are increasingly expected to promote commercial interests and values throughout their operations. Photograph: iStock

With the globalisation and deregulation of trade, governments are increasingly susceptible to the influence of powerful commercial interests. Organisa(...)

Scientists in Cork have discovered a drug that increases appetite, in a development they believe may point the way to a drug that can trigger weight loss. File photograph: Getty Images

Scientists in Cork have discovered a drug that increases appetite, in a development they believe may also point the way to a drug that can trigger wei(...)

On paper, it is a golden opportunity for the State’s universities. The Republic’s soon to materialise status as the biggest English-speaking member o(...)

The Departments of Jobs and of Education have both receive additional money to spend on scientific and humanities research. The Jobs allocation will(...)

Prof Mark Ferguson, director of the Science Foundation of Ireland,  hopes to impress the European Research Council’s president Jean-Pierre Bourguignon when he visits Dublin next week. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

“Give a dog a bad name” is an apt way to describe Ireland’s early engagement with the European Research Council (ERC), a key funding body within the E(...)

Brexit presents major opportunities for researchers – but are we ready to grasp them? Image: Getty

Jane Ohlmeyer In an age when science knows no borders, what does Brexit mean for researchers in Ireland? For generations we have studied and collab(...)

If Ireland wants to be an innovation leader it has to unleash the creativity that exists in labs up and down the country. It needs to find ways to sup(...)

Points for arts courses have fallen to a new low as students question the value of those degrees. Photograph: Getty Images/Istockphoto

Science is cool and sexy and you can earn loads of money. That’s the laser-guided message targeted at school students in recent years, with concerted(...)

The Irish Research Council has helped fund the pursuit of new ways to tackle HIV. Photograph: Getty Images

Studying Irish genes that go back thousands of years, finding new ways to tackle HIV and learning how to make wound dressings out of seaweed are just (...)

Annette Costello was diagnosed with limb girdle muscular dystrophy in her mid-30s: ‘The disability sector and youth facilities are two areas that have been impacted by cuts and that the new Government really need to address.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Many people living with muscular dystrophy in Ireland are under severe financial pressure and are often forced to pay for expensive medicines, wheelch(...)

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