Icebergs at Green Island. A  report has found that governments may be forced to deliver on their climate commitments  through litigation. File photograph: Matt Amesbury/University of Exeter/PA Wire

New report says governments may be forced to deliver on commitments by the courts

Vytenis Andriukaitis, European commissioner for health and food safety,  at the EU Citizens’ Dialogue on Health and Food Safety at  Dublin Castle, on Monday. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Commissioner praises work of Irish not-for-profit FoodCloud in cutting food waste

Irene Fogarty was selected as the winner of the inaugural Mary Mulvihill Memorial Award for science journalism.

Irene Fogarty receives €2,000 bursary in honour of journalist Mary Mulvihill

A recent UK study concluded the abundance of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in sewage presents an exposure risk to bathers and those engaged in water sports where ingestion of waters could occur. File photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

Abundance of antibiotic-resistant bacteria a risk where ingestion of waters could occur

Portrane Beach: Eighteen bathing locations in Ireland were classified as “good” while a total of 10 were classified as “sufficient”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Report finds 73% of main bathing waters in coastal areas and inland of ‘excellent’ quality

Research, nonetheless, shows eating a heavy meal does contribute to fatigue. Photograph: Getty Images

‘Alcohol is a drug with sedative effect ... You cannot compare the effects of alcohol with food consumption’

Giant tech companies and major car companies, are set to move into the energy supply business, an Oxford University professor has claimed. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA Wire.

Oxford University professor claims technological change can help ‘decarbonise the world’

A picture of ribosomes (blue and green) which are critical to triggering the making of protein in a cell by way of a folding mechanism. In the case of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases it is believed  the protein does not fold correctly.

Findings add to understanding of how neurodegenerative diseases are triggered

Joan Jordan (left),  Norma Harte and Dr Fionnuala Keane at the HRB-CRCI seminar to mark International Clinical Trials Day. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Increased scale of clinical research has benefited Irish patients

The newly created forests will sequester about 35,600 tonnes of carbon over 40 years, equivalent to removing 7,500 passenger cars from the road for one year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Afforestation will help Ireland’s national greenhouse gas emission reduction targets

Minister for Climate Action and the Environment Denis Naughten said the switch  from fossil fuels  could lead to local jobs and opportunities. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Move to low-carbon energy will take time, says Minister

People enjoy the sunny weather at Dollymount strand in  Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dry spell due to end with rain developing across country over weekend and next week

Caolann Brady of St Wolstans Community School, Celbridge, pictured at SciFest 2016, with her project Hum your Way to Better Health. She is competing at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles this week.

SciFest winner Caolann Brady to present her work on asthma treatment at Intel ISEF 2017

Geneticist Prof Kenneth Wolfe of UCD, who has been elected a fellow of the Royral Society.

Prof Kenneth Wolfe is first scientist elected from UCD since Edward Conway in 1947

 People gathering at a makeshift memorial on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice on July 17th in tribute to the victims of the Bastille Day attack that left 84 dead. FIle photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

‘Irish Times’ editor Kevin O’Sullivan recommends some notable foreign news features that resonated with readers in 2016

Colm Keena outlined the extraordinary offshore world of the elite, built around the law firm Mossack Fonseca. Photograph: Rodrigo Arangua/AFP/Getty Images

‘Irish Times’ editor Kevin O’Sullivan recommends some notable business stories that resonated with readers in 2016

Irish Times journalists covered a wide range of subjects and topics in what was a very busy year in news.   Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Irish Times editor Kevin O’Sullivan recommends some of the many notable stories that resonated with readers in 2016

Fifty-five leading media organisations from 50 countries, including ‘The Irish Times’, are sharing stories of change and innovative solutions to celebrate changemakers around the world.

Solutions-based journalism doesn’t simply identify problems in society, but also focuses on answers

Irish Times editor Kevin O’Sullivan: “We believe it is critically important to our democracy that we publish a matter of public interest raised in our national parliament, and will apply to the court for confirmation we can do so.” Photograph: The Irish Times

‘Irish Times’ editor on importance of publishing matters that are in the public interest

Expanded coverage and now including video and podcasts

“How do you serve the ‘born on the internet’ generation? How do you generate journalism for a sophisticated audience using more than one device at the same time? These are questions being asked of every media organisation, every journalist and every editor.” Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Editor’s Comment: much more so than before there is a conversation with readers

Candles are lit by the public at the vigil at Eyre Square in Galway city in October  to mark the first anniversary of the death of Savita Halappanavar. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Editor Kevin O’Sullivan casts his eye back over the highlights of an eventful 12 months in his editorial review of 2013

Today we publish a changed Irish Times

‘The Irish Times’ is enhancing the newspaper and its journalism at a time of rapid digital development

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