Brainstorm showcases what academics and researchers are doing behind their college walls.

One of the most surprising things about the last nine months has been the lack of tweed. I’ve met hundreds of academics and researchers since I starte(...)

“It’s getting to the time of year when housing estates come alive to the chatter of foreign-language students.” Photograph: iStock

If you could do with a little bump to your household income this summer and have a spare room in your home – and the appetite for taking responsibilit(...)

An Coimisinéir Teanga, Rónán Ó Domhnaill, at the launch of Annual Report 2017 in Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Avenue, Dublin. From left: Caoimhín Ó hEadhra, An Foras Patrúnachta, Bláthnaid Ní Ghreacháin, príomhfheidhmeanach Gaeloideachas and Prof. Teresa O’Doherty, president Marino Institute of Education. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A decision by the Department of Education to revise how the school patronage process operates has been welcomed by an Coimisinéir Teanga (Irish langua(...)

The 6.75-acre site at the Swords Road, Dublin 7

With many of the major international funds now turning their attention to sites with planning approval for large apartment developments or completed (...)

Journalist Sarah McInerney: ‘To my bemusement, I had a natural instinct for news.’  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

“Oh, she wants to be the next Olivia O’Leary?” my mother’s friend asked, dismissively, when she heard of my plans to apply for a journalism degree. M(...)

In Alfred Crosby’s ‘The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492’, published in 1972, he argued for a different way of looking at the impact of the voyages of discovery on both the Americas and Europe

A few weeks ago, the historian Alfred Crosby died at the age of 87. He may not be well known to readers of science pages but he should be: he pioneere(...)

Ireland currently adds 48 cents of excise duty to each litre of diesel purchased compared with 59 cents for petrol.

Increasing the excise duty on diesel to that of petrol would raise more than €500 million for the exchequer while driving down harmful emissions from (...)

An artist rendition of ‘hot Saturn’ WASP-96b.  Image: Engine House VFX

Scientists, including a Dublin astronomer, have detected an exoplanet with an atmosphere that is free of clouds, marking a pivotal breakthrough in the(...)

 Ahern’s standing within Fianna Fáil – he resigned his membership in 2012 in advance of a move to expel him because of the findings of the Mahon Tribunal – remains a pebble in his shoe.   Photograph: David Sleator

Bertie Ahern’s haunts are mostly still the same: Croke Park, Parnell Park – the home of Dublin GAA – and some pubs around the north side of Dublin whe(...)

 Martina Harkin-Kelly, INMO president, said: ‘The target for me is pay.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Delegates at the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) conference in Cork have voted unanimously to strike if pay is not increased. An emerg(...)

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