Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. He   has received a windfall in corporation tax receipts this year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Santa has come early for Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. The tax revenue figures to the end of November represented the best Christmas present f(...)

At 2400 metres above sea level in the southern part of Chile’s Atacama Desert, La Silla was ESO’s first observation site. Photograph: European Southern Observatory

Astronomers based in Ireland will soon be able to participate in frontier research in space, such as investigating the birth of stars and planets, as (...)