Ireland makes €125m investment to help space-tech industry take off

Ireland has reaffirmed its commitment to the ESA as the nation prepares to launch its first satellite. The European Space Agency (ESA) will receive €125 million from the government over the following five years. This investment is anticipated to help Ireland’s expanding space industry grow even more. Minister of State for Business, Employment, and Retail … Read more

National Cyber Security Centre conducts successful emergency exercise simulating cyberattack on the energy sector

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has held a successful emergency exercise – simulating the national response to a hypothetical cyber incident affecting Ireland’s energy sector. The aim of the exercise, which took place in the National Emergency Coordination Centre yesterday, was to test the procedures outlined in the National Cyber Emergency Plan to ensure … Read more

€11m funding announced for Dundalk training centre

The Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre of Excellence (AMTCE) in Dundalk will receive an investment of €11 million from the government. During a visit to the centre, Minister of Further and Higher Education, Innovation, and Science Simon Harris made the announcement and confirmed that it had been given the go-ahead to name the main contractor to … Read more

Companies report increase in cyberattacks

According to a recent survey, approximately 88% of Irish executives said that the increased digital acceleration had caused an increase in cyberattacks at their organisation since 2020. 75% of Irish organisations plan to increase their cybersecurity budgets for 2023, according to the PwC 2023 Digital Trust Insights Survey. However, more than eight out of ten … Read more

WhatsApp comes back online after service outage

Many users have reconnected to WhatsApp after a service outage knocked the popular messaging programme down for around two hours on Tuesday morning. The Meta-owned site has not officially verified the reason for the problem, but early on Tuesday, it informed users that it was trying to resolve it. While app users all across the … Read more

First Irish satellite to be launched next year

EIRSAT-1, Ireland’s first satellite, is expected to launch into space between late January and late February from the European Space Agency’s centre in French Guiana on a four-year mission. Tánaiste Leo Varadkar called the effort a “big moment” for Ireland’s space sector and a “huge spin-off” for Irish firms and institutions. He was speaking after … Read more

Cyber attacks move from big targets to SMEs, Government warns

Gardai and government ministers have urged companies to prepare for potential ransomware attacks, citing an increase in the frequency of assaults on small and medium-sized firms. The government and Gardai launched a joint awareness campaign on Tuesday for October’s European Cyber Security Month. This year’s campaign focuses on the twin themes of phishing and ransomware, … Read more

New car sales down 11% from pre-Covid levels, while EV registrations continue to surge

New car sales are still 11% lower than pre-Covid levels, although new car registrations hit 101,745 by the end of September. The numbers are largely consistent with last year, with experts in the automotive industry blaming continued supply challenges for slowing sales growth. Despite difficulties in getting new cars into the State, the move to … Read more

Nasa’s Juno spacecraft makes close approach to Jupiter moon Europa

Juno, Nasa’s spacecraft, has made the closest approach in more than 20 years to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. Juno flew within 222 miles of Europa, which is estimated to contain an ocean beneath its thick icy shell, boosting the possibility of underwater life. Scientists are hoping for a lucky break and to see possible water … Read more

Hyundai Motor launches first electric sedan Ioniq 6, taking on Tesla

Hyundai Motor unveiled its first electric sedan, Ioniq 6, on July 14. The South Korean automaker is betting the Ioniq 6 will help it grab a bigger share of the electric vehicle (EV) market dominated by Tesla Inc. The South Korean Motor Co. launched the car at the Busan International Motor Show in South Korea. … Read more

NASA’s space telescope reveals deepest infrared view of the universe to date

President Joe Biden released the first full-color image from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Monday, during a public event at the White House in Washington. This first image showcases the powerful capabilities of the Webb mission, a partnership with ESA (European Space Agency) and CSA (Canadian Space Agency). NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has produced … Read more

Global Healthcare Forum focuses on talent and innovation in Irish life sciences

A major international healthcare forum, which will see leading global executives from 22 countries across the world meet with Irish innovators, kicks off today in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Hosted by Enterprise Ireland, the 3-day Global Healthcare Forum will see more than 130 leading global executives from across 22 countries, from both the public … Read more

Microsoft to shut down its 27-yr-old browser Internet Explorer on Jun 15

Microsoft announced the retirement of its oldest browser, Internet Explorer after 27 years of service. As per the company notification, the firm’s oldest browser will be completely phased out from June 15. Microsoft has said that it will end mainstream support for the aging browser and it will finally retire in peace. First released in … Read more

State cybersecurity body and HSE take part in Europe-wide simulated attack

The State’s cybersecurity body and the HSE took part in a European-wide simulated attack on health services this week — just over a year from the start of the devastating real-life attack on HSE systems. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), together with the HSE and a number of hospitals and pharmacy companies, participated in a large-scale … Read more

Minister Harris officially opens Ireland’s newest university

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation, and Science, Simon Harris, has officially opened the new Atlantic Technological University (TU). Atlantic TU sees the dissolution of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Sligo, and Letterkenny Institute of Technology. Speaking at the launch event, Minister Simon Harris called the creation of the new Atlantic … Read more