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Gripping Stuff: The benefits and specifications of High Friction Surfacing

January 5, 2017 |

John Cagney and Paul McBride examine the use of high-friction surfacing on Irish roads; outlining its cost, its effectiveness, and drawing attention to recent examples.

High Friction Surfacing (HFS), commonly termed Anti-skid, refers to a surface treatment approximately 3-5mm thick … Read More

Creating Playful Urban Environments

January 5, 2017 |

New urban developments can easily be identified by their glassy exteriors and cold utilitarian spaces. However, gains in practical functionality of space can often be to the detriment of play and spontaneity.

By Ekaterina Tikhoniouk

When we think of … Read More

Minister English announces €100k prize money for innovation in the design of housing solutions for older people

September 21, 2016 |

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to be here this morning at one of the greatest events in Ireland, the National Ploughing Championships, to highlight for the second time today, the important work of my Department, following on from Minister … Read More


February 24, 2016 |

The Arts Council recently announced its investment plan for 2016, which will see it invest €60.1 million in bringing the arts to people and communities across Ireland. The annual investment strategy will see the Arts Council introduce its new 10-year strategy, Making Great Art … Read More


February 24, 2016 |

The business world has traditionally functioned on the principal of companies producing products or providing specific services. In recent years, however, the development of the Internet and the proliferation of smart-phone and mobile device technology has established a new business model which is … Read More

Pedestrian ‘Fast Track’ Could be Solution to Shopping Congestion

November 5, 2015 |

By far the most annoying thing about Christmas shopping is the other Christmas shoppers. Carrying all those bulky shopping bags and trying to remember who else you need to buy for is hastle enough without having to face everyone else … Read More

Cork Set to Become Ireland’s First Cashless City

November 3, 2015 |

If you are walk down Patrick Street in Cork city over the next three months you may not see many queue in front of ATMs. This is because Cork business leaders have launched a three-month pilot project to encourage consumers … Read More

Ireland’s marine economy could create 3,000 new jobs by 2025

October 30, 2015 |

According to the CEO of the Irish Marine and Energy Resource Cluster, Val Cummins, new innovations within the marine economy, which has heretofore been under-utilised, could help double the maritime economy’s GDP output within the next 10-15 years.

As an … Read More

West Mayo Brewery- An Interview With Co-Founder Caroline Price

July 27, 2015 |

Operated from Hilltop Farm, West Mayo Brewery was Mayo’s first microbrewery, and the first new brewery in the county for nearly 200 years. When Iain and Caroline Price first considered starting the business, they had no idea that craft beers … Read More

Brewing Up A Success Story- The Explosion Of Irish Craft Beer Brewing

July 27, 2015 |

Ireland’s craft beer industry has gone from modest beginnings in the late 90s to a remarkable surge that made it one of the great success stories of the downturn. Now, as sales continue to rise and new breweries and “brewpubs” … Read More