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Sixty years ago this week 100 people gathered in Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel to establish the Irish Council of the European Movement. As the oldest organisation dealing with European affairs in Ireland over the course of the past 60 years the mission and vision of European Movement Ireland has developed and evolved. Its original objective of advocating for Irish membership of the European Economic Communities (EEC), as the EU was then known, has shifted since 1973 to encompass and reflect the changing priorities of Ireland’s relationship with the EU. In recent years, as this country has experienced seismic economic shifts, European matters have come to the forefront of the Irish national media…

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Three new members have been appointed to the board of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), including Ann Riordan as chairperson along with Geraldine Ruane and Aidan Donnelly. Minister for Research and Innovation Seán Sherlock TD said their appointments would bring “fresh industry perspective” to the work performed at board level in order to enable SFI to meet its Agenda 2020 objectives. Riordan said: “I am particularly excited about the role SFI can play in enabling Ireland to gain international global advantage in the areas where Ireland has research and industry strengths and further potential. “As an early evangelist of the economic benefits that knowledge based industries can contribute to the country’s…

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Fidelma Healy, chief operating officer at Gilt, talks about her career path and about the importance of working hard, doing a good job and not being afraid to self promote. Could you tell us a bit about your career path and what your role involves now? I trained as a teacher but with permanent jobs in short supply studied computers and human resources by night.  This led me into a career in the financial services and ICT sectors.  My first job was in a HR role in Systems Dynamics, Ireland’s longest established software company, and I then went on to be involved in establishing new tech companies in Ireland including…

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Peter Sutherland outside the new law school

University College Dublin is today officially opening what it says is Ireland’s first purpose-built university law school, following a €25m investment. Designed by Molony O’Beirne architects, the UCD Sutherland School of Law measures over 5,100 square metres and is located on the edge of a newly designed and landscaped lakeside setting on the Belfield campus. The €25m project was financed from a major leadership gift from Peter Sutherland SC, significant government investment under the National Development Plan 2007 – 2013, and gifts from other leading benefactors, major law firms and private donors. According to UCD, teaching spaces in the new school are designed to promote the active engagement of students…

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University College Dublin (UCD) will showcase the latest hi-tech and knowledge intensive ventures emerging from UCD and National College of Art and Design (NCAD) research programmes at the 2013 UCD VentureLaunch Accelerator Showcase and Awards evening, which takes place next week. Six new ventures will compete at the awards evening to win a €25,000 prize. Four of the participating ventures – Aficionado, Fondúireacht Bhéaloideas Éireann (National Folklore Foundation), Kinesis Health Technologies Ltd and Nuritas Ltd – are emerging from UCD, while the other two – Gazel and Obeo – are emerging from NCAD. The overall objective of the UCD VentureLaunch Accelerator Programme is to support the creation and to accelerate…

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The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD and the Minister of State for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock TD have welcomed the publication of the report of the independent Copyright Review Committee, entitled ‘Modernising Copyright’. The report is aimed at identifying any barriers for innovation in the digital environment, and developing proposals for reducing them in order to provide greater support for growth and jobs in the digital industry. The publication of the report marks delivery of a key commitment in the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs. Minister Bruton and Minister Sherlock now propose that the recommendations of the report will be carefully examined with other departments…

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Irish software engineering research centre Lero has appointed Prof Brian Fitzgerald as its chief scientist. Prof Fitzgerald holds the Frederick A Krehbiel II Chair in Innovation in Global Business and Technology at the University of Limerick, where he was also vice-president for research from 2008 to 2011. He is a Lero principal investigator and was founding director of the Lero Graduate School in Software Engineering. He was formerly at University College Cork, and has held visiting positions in Italy, Austria, Sweden, US and the UK. He holds a PhD from the University of London and his research interests lie primarily in software development, encompassing development methods, global software development, agile…

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NDRC LaunchPad alumnus and Irish start-up Pharmapod was announced today as the European winner of The Global Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, an international business plan competition that identifies, supports and encourages projects by women entrepreneurs. Last June Pharmapod and its founder Leonora O’Brien was selected as one of the 18 Cartier finalists from over 1,200 applicants worldwide. This week she was invited to France for the final round of competition, which included submitting a detailed business plan and presenting her project in front of the jury. One winner was chosen from each of six regions worldwide with Pharmapod selected as the ‘Laureate for Europe’. The company will now receive a…

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Two women have been appointed as Supreme Court judges by President Michael D Higgins – Justice Mary Laffoy and Justice Elizabeth Dunne, both former High Court judges. The appointments mean that Chief Justice Susan Denham is no longer the only female judge in the Supreme Court. Four of the most senior justice positions in the State are now held by women for the first time – the others being director of public prosecutions Claire Loftus, Attorney General Maire Whelan and chief State solicitor Eileen Creedon. Justices Laffoy and Dunne were sworn in yesterday at Áras an Uachtaráin at a ceremony attended by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, Minister for Justice…

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Desmond O’Flynn has been appointed chief executive of Waterford Airport following the departure of Graham Doyle after six years at the helm. Most recently director of Aéroport de Dijon-Bourgogne in France, O’Flynn is originally from Dublin and has also previously held senior management roles at Ireland West Airport Knock and at Aéroport de Deauville-Normandie. He said: “In common with other regional airports, Waterford has been seriously challenged by the economic environment over the past five years but good leadership has brought it through that and the opportunity is now there to move forward with development. “I was particularly encouraged in this regard by the commitment of Leo Varadkar TD, Minister…

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