Nokia appoints new CTO, Henry Tirri

Henry Tirri

Henry Tirri has been appointed to take over from Richard Green as chief technology officer at Nokia. In June, Green took a leave of absence from the company. At the time, he was reported to have been unhappy with management decisions and to have disagreed with Nokia president and CEO Stephen Elop’s smartphone strategy. In a statement today, Nokia said Green, who was appointed CTO in May 2010 and had been a member of the Nokia leadership team since February of this year, had decided to leave the company. The Finnish mobile phone company said he will be returning full time to the US “to pursue new opportunities”. Tirri, meanwhile,…

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Mick Wallace apologises for “Miss Piggy” comment

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Independent TD Mick Wallace has apologised for derogatory comments he made in the Dáil about Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor, while she just wants the issue to be forgotten. Speaking on RTE’s John Murray Show this morning, Wallace said he was out of order for referring to the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown TD as “Miss Piggy”. The comments were caught on microphone and released to the public this morning. During the audio recording, Wallace can be heard calling Mitchell O’Connor, “Miss Piggy”, during a conversation with fellow Independent TDs Shane Ross and Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan. Wallace exonerated the other two TDs, stating they had “nothing to do with it”. On this…

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AIB chief may get paid more than 500k report

European Investment Bank

The Minister for Finance has said the next chief of AIB may be paid more than €500,000, reports the Irish Times this morning. Although he said it is unlikely, Michael Noonan has not completely ruled out the possibility that the bank may be allowed to exceed its salary cap of €500,000 as it is having difficulties appointing its next chief executive. “As has been stated publicly by the Taoiseach, a compelling case would have to be made for the Government to consider setting aside this cap taking account of the recent decision on the pay ceilings for CEOs of semi-States and senior public sector posts,” Noonan said in response to…

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Pioneering Researcher Luke O’Neill Ireland’s life Sciences Sector Transformation

Pioneering researcher Luke O'Neill on Ireland's life sciences sector transformation

One of the world’s foremost authorities in the  innate immune system, Prof Luke O’Neill has seen a remarkable transformation in Ireland’s life sciences sector over the past 20 years, as he tells Ann O’Dea. From relatively humble beginnings, the life sciences sector today accounts for some 50pc of all exports from Ireland, a figure that has been growing by some 6pc every year since 2000. Life sciences employs in excess of 52,000 people here. One of Ireland’s leading thinkers, Luke O’Neill, professor of biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin, has participated in, and watched, the transformation in the sector since the late Nineties. O’Neill has won numerous awards for his pioneering…

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Gender divide

Gender divide

While research continues to demonstrate that boards with greater female representation outperform those without, women are still failing to make it to the boardroom in significant numbers. The Davos World Economic Forum made headlines in January when it announced it would require its strategic partner members, some of the largest corporations in the world, to ensure that a minimum of one in their cohort of five be a woman. The imposition of such a ‘quota’ is a reflection of the dearth of women at the head of major corporations. Internationally, women are still not making it in great enough numbers to the boardroom. In the US in 2010, representation of…

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Round-up: Today in Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Yemen

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As the so-called “Arab Spring” protests continue across the Middle East and North Africa, Sinead O’Carroll, has a round-up of what has happened so far today. In Libya, Muammar Gaddafi’s oil chief Shokri Ghanem has defected and travelled to Italy. The head of Libya’s National Oil Corp said today he was ready to leave the regime but was not quite prepared to join the rebels yet. He said the “unbearable” violence led him to quit his job. He told reporters in Rome today that he had witnessed “daily spilling of blood”. He is one of the most senior officials to defect from Gaddafi. The strongest statement he made was that…

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Mubarak and Sons to face trial in August

Hosni Mubarak

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is to stand trial in August, alongside his two sons, Alaa and Gamal, for the role they played in the deaths of protestors during January and February. A date of August 3 has been set for the three mens’ initial appearance in court. The Egyptian state news agency reported that they will all face Judge Ahmed Rifat in a Cairo criminal court for corruption, and graft, as well as the killing of protestors. Mubarak has also been fined US$90m for cutting internet access and mobile phone services in the country during the 18-day uprising. If found guilty of “pre-mediated killing”- the most serious charge he…

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Protestors and soldiers dead as civil war looms in Yemen

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At least 20 people have been killed today in Yemen as security forces opened fire on a camp in the city of Taiz but some activists are claiming the actual death toll is much higher. Reports from the ground say that the soldiers tried to clear the area with water cannons, tear gas and sound bombs but then moved in with tanks and guns. Tents used by the protestors were set on fire, according to witnesses, while others were bulldozed into the ground. Meanwhile, reports are emerging that Yemeni warplanes have attacked the town of Zinjibar, which officials say is under Al Qaeda control. President Ali Abdullah Saleh has warned…

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Obama continues European tour in London

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama left Ireland last night and flew to London to begin a three-day State visit. The presidential couple had to cut their whistlestop tour of Ireland even shorter on fears that the ash cloud hovering near Irish and UK airspace could prevent them from flying this morning. The Obama’s were greeted by Queen Elizabeth II this morning. The President’s itinerary in London may not be as celebratory as that seen in Ireland as he sits down with UK Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss NATO’s actions in the Libyan conflict and, more generally, the West’s policy toward Middle East political uprisings. Cameron…

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US President Barack Obama’s speech at College Green, Dublin [UPDATED]

US President Barack Obama

On the occasion of his first official visit to Ireland, US President Barack Obama addressed a packed College Green area. Here is the full transcript and video of what he said: “Hello Dublin, Hello Ireland. My name is Barack Obama, of the Moneygall Obama’s, and I’ve come home to find the apostrophe that we lost somewhere along the way. Now, some wise Irish man or woman once said that broken Irish is better than clever English. So here goes: “Tá athas orm bheith in Éireann.” I’m happy to be in Ireland with so many a chairde. I want to thank my extraordinary hosts – first of all, Taoiseach Enda Kenny…

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