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Wild Atlantic Way listed among best drives in the world

August 23, 2017 |

If you are looking for an “epic” road trip look no further than the Wild Atlantic Way or the Causeway Coastal Route, according to Lonely Planet’s list of 50 ‘Epic Drives of the World’.

The travel … Read More

Smart light hope to lead to clever cycling in the city

August 15, 2017 |

Cyclists in the capital are being invited to get involved in an innovative smart light pilot scheme that will connect over 500 cyclists across the city.

As well as keeping cyclists safer on the road, the … Read More

Free scheme to recycle ‘end-of-life’ vehicles introduced

August 11, 2017 |

A new industry-funded scheme to recycle “end-of-life” vehicles has been set up by Minister for Environment Denis Naughten.

The end of life vehicle environmental scheme, known as ELVES (ELV Environmental Services), will operate like the Weee … Read More

€1m fund to remove over 750,000 dumped vehicle tyres

August 9, 2017 |

A €1 million fund to get rid of large stockpiles of waste tyres blighting the Irish countryside has been announced by Minister for the Environment Denis Naughten.

The level of illegal dumping of used tyres is … Read More

Ulster University-led energy storage project awarded €6.7m

August 8, 2017 |

Ulster University has launched a €6.7 million cross-border research project, funded by European Union, it aims to develop a range of consumer-owned energy storage resources.

The launch of Ulster University’s SPIRE 2 project follows the UK … Read More

More than half of under-30s considering ditching TV licence fee

July 31, 2017 |

A new online survey has revealed that 55% of TV licence holders aged 30 or under are planning or considering to stop paying their TV licence fee.

The survey was carried out by Censuswide on behalf … Read More

Donegal Tourism heading stateside for Trade Mission

July 28, 2017 |

This August will see Donegal reach across the Atlantic Ocean to extend a heartfelt Céad Mile Fáilte to its nearest westerly neighbours, friends and family.

As part of its ongoing marketing campaign aimed at increasing its … Read More

How to maximize your productivity in the workplace

July 27, 2017 |

Often times, a day at work can feel like eight hours of your life lost. You get there in the morning, you work for a whole day, and leave in the evening. Some days, you just can’t shake … Read More

Ireland’s most popular tourist counties and attractions revealed

July 24, 2017 |

Tourism is Ireland’s biggest indigenous employer with visitors to the country spending €4.6 billion in 2016, according to Fáilte Ireland figures.

That figure is spread across all Ireland’s regions but the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC) … Read More

National College of Ireland (NCI) and IBM collaborate on cybersecurity skills shortage

July 21, 2017 |

The National College of Ireland (NCI) and IBM are to begin collaborating to meet the growing demand for cybersecurity skills shortage in Ireland.

The new joint industry-academia initiative sees 50 IBM employees studying NCI certified Higher … Read More

BT rolling out innovative replacement of street payphones in the UK

July 20, 2017 |

Having fallen out of favour with the proliferation of mobile phones, settling on what to with old, disused or abandoned phone boxes on streets across the country has proved something of a conundrum. In the UK however, BT … Read More

85% of Irish offices experience connectivity problems

July 19, 2017 |

One in ten Irish employees experience connectivity issues while at work every day.

This is according to a new independent survey commissioned by WiredScore to highlight the benefits of efficient and reliable internet services for offices … Read More

Proposed M20 would open up economic corridor & create 5,400 jobs

July 18, 2017 |

Building the long-sought M20 motorway linking Cork-to-Limerick motorway could create up to 5,400 jobs and contribute €128 million to the State, a new report says.

The report commissioned on behalf of Cork and Limerick chambers of … Read More

Ireland’s Northern and Western region designated as EU European Entrepreneurial Region 2018

July 13, 2017 |

The European Union has named Ireland’s Northern and Western region as European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) 2018 recognising the “enormous strides” the region has taken to foster entrepreneurship and arrest decades of economic decline.

The counties coming … Read More

Wave of new funding for marine energy projects

July 10, 2017 |

€1.3m in fresh funding has been awarded to 34 European research teams, working on offshore renewable energy technologies.

The Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland centre (MaREI) based in University College Cork (UCC) is currently heading up … Read More

Cork named most “culturally vibrant” city in Europe

July 7, 2017 |

Cork, Dublin and Galway have been named among the best cities in Europe for cultural vibrancy and cultural infrastructure in a special European Report launched in Brussels.

The first edition of the Cultural and Creative Cities … Read More

Trinity College Dublin leads €12million EU ‘smart city’ nature project

July 6, 2017 |

Trinity College Dublin is to lead a €12m EU project to transform European cities into smart cities with an emphasis on nature.

Major cities are becoming increasingly difficult places to live, with high rates of pollution … Read More

Widening gap between motivation levels in private and public sectors

July 5, 2017 |

Employee motivation levels have increased by 6% over the last year according to accounting and consulting firm Mazars, who published the third annual Employee Motivation Survey.

The survey revealed that 87% of employees are motivated in … Read More

SeaFest 2017 nets 101,000 visitors

July 4, 2017 |

Ireland’s national maritime festival SeaFest attracted 101,113 visitors to Galway Harbour during the three day event, generating €6.3 million for the city.

The figures, just released show a 68% growth in attendance in just one year. … Read More

85pc of Irish professionals don’t have sufficient IT skills

July 3, 2017 |

A new survey of 1,000 of business professionals across Ireland, has shown the vast majority (85%) have insufficient IT skills.

The survey, carried out by Code Institute, asked participants to carry out a “tech diagnostic” test, … Read More

Number of companies incorporated last year highest since 1998

June 30, 2017 |

Some 20,951 companies were newly incorporated in 2016 in Ireland, an increase of 7.9 per cent on the previous year, while 8,302 companies were struck off the companies register for failure to file an annual return.

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Ireland to join leading European astronomy network

June 29, 2017 |

Ireland has joined a Europe-wide telescope network, marking another important milestone in the implementation of the national strategy for research and innovation.

The International LOFAR (LOw Frequency ARray) Telescope is a €150 million network of radio … Read More

Flat-fee refuse charges scrapped in bid to increase recycling rates

June 28, 2017 |

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten has announced that the mandatory pay-by-weight scheme is to be abandoned and flat fee charges are to be scrapped.

The pay-by-weight scheme, which was due to come … Read More

IDA seeking new data centre locations across Ireland

June 27, 2017 |

Already home to at least 30 global data centres belonging to tech giants like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, Vodafone, Interxion and Equinix, to name a few; the IDA is on the hunt for suitable locations for the next … Read More

Irish Energy-Saving Initiative Wins Major European Award

June 26, 2017 |

Dublin City Council and its energy agency Codema scooped a major European award last week for the Home Energy Saving Kits, which are available for the public to borrow from all of the council’s public libraries across the … Read More

Fáilte Ireland report shows record year for tourism in 2016

June 22, 2017 |

More than one million North Americans visited Ireland in 2016, the first time the milestone has ever been broken.

The figures were revealed in this week’s preliminary Tourism Facts 2016 – a compilation of Irish tourism … Read More

Poll finds office staff feel meetings are not productive

June 20, 2017 |

We’re all a bit guilty of zoning out during meetings, equally management can be guilty of overkill on the meeting front too.

It can be difficult to concentrate the entirety and they can be viewed as … Read More

Green Business Seminar ahead of Fleadh Cheoil

June 16, 2017 |

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the most important event in the traditional music calendar.

For many, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the culmination of months of hard work and practice as they compete against fellow musicians, … Read More

New wind energy development guidelines proposed

June 15, 2017 |

The Government has this week announced the initial outcome of a major revision of controversial guidelines for wind energy developments.

The amendments to the 2006 Wind Energy Development Guidelines were presented by the Minister for Housing, … Read More

New scheme to make it easier for artists to access social welfare

June 13, 2017 |

Artists and writers will have easier access social welfare payments under a new government pilot scheme launched this week.

The new initiative – which is being introduced on a pilot basis for 12 months – applies … Read More

Ireland’s largest wind farm opens in Donegal

June 12, 2017 |

The largest windfarm in Ireland officially opened at Meenadreen, Co Donegal, following a €145m investment by Energia.

The 95-megawatt wind farm has 38 turbines standing 115m high with 90m rotor diameter.

Renewable energy firm Energia developed … Read More

5 gadgets to invest in for summer

June 9, 2017 |

Quite often, the best technology comes at a hefty price but not always. Here are five gadgets to up your tech game on a budget…

Backup battery pack

No matter what time of year it is, … Read More

Trinity and UCD study calls for improved cycling infrastructure

June 7, 2017 |

Switching to a cycling commute may have enormous health benefits, but only if an individual can cycle in a safe environment a new study claims.

The behaviour of more than 50,000 commuters in Dublin (as documented … Read More

The Burren LIFE Project claims EU LIFE nature award

June 6, 2017 |

The Burren LIFE Project, which ensures the protection of the unique biodiversity of the Burren, has won an EU LIFE nature award.

A total of 15 projects were selected as finalists for the keenly contested awards … Read More

6 easy tips to make you switch off after work

June 2, 2017 |

We’ve all been there and we all know how difficult it can be.

You arrive home after a long hard day at work, but you’re unable erase thoughts about that presentation, that pitch or project.

Extra funds and resources made available in crackdown on illegal dumping

June 1, 2017 |

Minister for Environment Denis Naughten is doubling the €650,000 announced in March to crack down on the growing scourge of illegal dumping.

The provision of extra funding to support the implementation of a second phase of … Read More

Smart rainfall sensors to be deployed in Dublin city to give an early-warning defence from flooding

May 30, 2017 |

Dublin City will be getting kitted with new ‘smart’ rainfall sensors to give it an early-warning system to protect against flooding.

The low-cost sensors are being deployed across the capital to monitor rainfall, weather conditions and … Read More

Ireland’s first satellite given go-ahead by European Space Agency

May 25, 2017 |

Ireland’s first satellite is set to be developed after a team of Irish based researchers got the green light from the European Space Agency.

The Education Irish Research Satellite 1 (EIRSAT-1) will be launched from the … Read More

75% of Irish beaches ‘excellent’ for swimming – EPA

May 18, 2017 |

For a third year in a row 75 per cent of Ireland’s designated bathing waters have been classified as excellent by the Environmental Protection Agency in its annual report.

130 beaches were marked as excellent, good … Read More

Ireland has one of the worst records for food waste in the EU

May 17, 2017 |

Ireland is one of the worst performers in the EU when it comes to food waste, according to a new report from the European Commission.

Food waste contributes to a total annual bill of €143 billion … Read More