A Painted Lady butterfly pictured on a headland west of Castletownbere, Co Cork by Patrick Lyne

To paraphrase Bob Dylan, you don’t need to be a weatherman to know that we are experiencing an extraordinarily mild winter. And the evidence is not ha(...)

 Patricia Scanlon, founder of Soapbox Labs, in Dublin. Photograph: Arthur Carron

Being named by Forbes magazine as one of “the world’s top 50 women in tech” is recognition of just how far Irish start-up SoapBox Labs has come, its f(...)

TechIreland founder Niamh Bushnell: “Female founders feel imposter syndrome much more keenly and it makes them less confident about putting numbers together to tell a bigger story.”

When Niamh Bushnell was preparing to pitch to investors for her company Idirus a few years ago, she was given some surprising, yet direct, advice from(...)

Helen McBreen of Atlantic Bridge, John Beckett of Channelsight, Patricia Scanlon of Soapbox Labs and Jonathan McCrea

Start-ups looking to raise capital should be prepared to hear that their baby is ugly, attendees at an event in Dublin were told on Wednesday. Speaki(...)

Patricia Scanlon, founder of SoapBox Labs: collected voice samples from 9,000 children to underpin her technology

Learning to read is a huge step in every child’s development and most children get there sooner or later. But Patricia Scanlon, founder of SoapBox Lab(...)

Anita Notaro: her theme in her novels of life’s variety reflected her own personal journey

The award-winning Irish novelist Anita Notaro, who has died aged 59, wrote stories which often had at their core a theme of sudden emotional and situa(...)

Fergus Finlay: said he had been moved to write a piece himself, haunted by the various children he has met over the years. Photograph: Alan Betson

In a departure from what one would normally associate with bedtime stories, Barnardos yesterday launched its upcoming “Under My Bed” initiative to rai(...)