Modern science centres are a huge draw for tourists but also for schools and family outings. File photograph: Getty Images

The development of a state-of-the-art science centre for Dublin has been nearly 30 years in the making. Despite no end of good will and positive senti(...)

Freezing a flower in liquid nitrogen at the Science Gallery, Dublin. The Science Gallery was designed with a complementary project in mind, says its founding director. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland’s failure to open a science centre, despite all the talk of “the knowledge economy”, is remarkable. The absence sets Dublin apart from most Eu(...)