Paul Coulson (second from left), chairman of Ardagh Group, rings the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange in 2017 alongside John Tuttle, global head of listings at the NYSE, Ian Curley, CEO of Ardagh Group, and John Sheehan, director of investor relations of Ardagh Group

Financier Paul Coulson’s voracious appetite for deals over the past two decades, building his Ardagh Group into an international glass and metal conta(...)

Dr Orna Donoghue, TILDA project manager and lead author on the paper, said driving allows a level of freedom and independence that is often ‘not available with public transport and therefore it is hugely important for social engagement, mental health and wellbeing’. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Older people who are able to travel independently have better mental health and greater social networks compared to those being driven by family or fr(...)

While helmets make cycling safer in places where accidents are more likely or when cycling as a sport, people who cycle in cities where cycling is the norm rarely wear helmets for short journeys.

Only three out of 10 people cycling in Ireland are women and about one in 10 teenagers cycling to school are girls, according to a recent study. A ne(...)

James Redmond, engineer, with the new electric Mini, at BMW’s Oxford plant

Growing up in Dundalk in the 1990s, the thought of electric cars must have been a million miles away, in a Stanley Kubrick future. For one Louth man, (...)

A modern day zebu, an arid-adapted breed which emerged in greater numbers 4,000 years ago as a suspected result of a  dramatic drought, or ‘4.2 kiloyear climate event’. Photograph: Denis Doukhan/Pixabay

A study of ancient DNA from now extinct cattle breeds has revealed new evidence explaining the demise of the world’s first empires, and the part that (...)

Prof Peter Gallagher watches on as guest of honour astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell admires Lord Rosse’s tie – inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night, which drew inspiration from the galaxies discovered using the giant telescope at Birr Castle in the 19th century. Photograph: Jeff Harvey

The Low Frequency Array radio telescope at Birr Castle, known as I-LOFAR, has contributed significantly to international space research since it was i(...)

The strength of constitutional property rights has frequently been cited as a reason why the  Bill cannot be progressed.

Constitutional barriers to a Sinn Féin Bill which would give mortgage owners a veto on the sale of their loan to a so-called vulture fund may not be a(...)

Dublin Youth Theatre’s rehearsals of The Sleepwalkers. Photograph: Aoife Herrity

Two months ago, Dublin Youth Theatre (DYT) did something that many of its members find increasingly difficult to imagine themselves. It left home. Lo(...)

Corvil chief executive Donal Byrne on stage at the Web Summit. File photograph

Irish real-time data analytics company Corvil is to be acquired by US-based Pico for an undisclosed sum. Corvil, which was founded by the late Prof J(...)

Philip Lane, the ECB’s newly-installed chief economist, has excellent academic credentials – including a PhD from  Harvard – while Christine Lagarde lacks an economics qualification. Photograph: Tom Honan

Christine Lagarde’s surprise nomination last week as the European Central Bank’s (ECB) next president has sent financial market participants scramblin(...)

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