Spotlight on Research

Pesticides are bad for bees

Memo for gardeners: pesticides are bad news for bees

One third of Ireland's 100 bee species are at threat of extinction due to habitat loss and pesticide use, writes Merissa Cullen, PhD candidate in the Department of Biology

Monday, 25 April 2022

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Space wars: how outer space became a military zone

Many states have had their eyes on the skies in regard to military expansion into space for decades writes Ciara Finnegan, PhD scholar, Department of Law

Tuesday, 19 April 2022


Disruptive cell linked to insulin resistance and childhood pre-diabetes

A study by Dr Andy Hogan on childhood obesity shows for the first time, a new cell type contributing to insulin resistance in children as young as six

Thursday, 07 April 2022

Are narcissistic bosses good at raising cash?

Confident, charismatic, and uniquely talented leaders tend to fare rather well at corporate fundraising write Jon Gruda, School of Business, Maynooth University and Jim McCleskey, Western Governors University

Monday, 28 March 2022

Education for convicted

'When people with convictions get degrees, everybody wins'

We should make higher education accessible for people with convictions, not deter them from applying writes Dr Ian D. Marder, Dr Ciara Bracken-Roche, Dr Joe Garrihy, Prof Claire Hamilton, Gemma Lynch, and Dr Rose Ryan

Monday, 21 March 2022

CSI St Patrick: just where is the saint's body?

Despite his fame, the exact location of the body of St Patrick has been a bone of contention for over a millennium, writes Dr Niamh Wycherley, Department of Early Irish

Monday, 14 March 2022

Ukraine invasion

Ukraine: what's likely to unfold in the coming weeks?

We can expect more pressure to be applied on Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities and probably an increase in urban warfare, writes Dr David Murphy, Department of History

Monday, 07 March 2022

Ukraine war protest

Russia’s invasion is a response to Ukraine’s pro-democratic and pro-western ambitions

Ukraine today is a country attempting to forge its own political destiny in the shadow of a larger force, write Professor Hana Cervinkova and Dr John Paul Newman

Friday, 04 March 2022

A short history of Russia's long standing paranoia about the West

Russia's suspicions, unease, and sense of insecurity over Europe and the West go back to the 1700s, writes Dr David Murphy, Department of History

Thursday, 03 March 2022

Has the pandemic impacted more on introverts or extroverts?

Research has found that introverts experienced increased anxiety at the onset of the pandemic, but extroverts quickly caught up, writes Dr Jon Gruda and Dr Adegboyega Ojo, School of Business

Friday, 25 February 2022