A farmer at work in the US. The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture has heard that genetically modified (GM) technologies, such as those used in the US,  are  an important tool to help feed the world. File photograph: Getty Images

Genetically modified (GM) technologies are not a panacea for all of our ills, but they are certainly an important tool to help feed the world, the Jo(...)

Dublin Zoo’s sea lion cove, a new saltwater habitat, which allows visitors to observe the sea lions swimming underwater through glass, was officially opened by President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins’s neighbours are a noisy lot with their grunting, squawking and squealing. What else do you expect when you have Dublin Z(...)

Demand for water in Dublin is set to increase by more than 50 per cent by 2050

Irish Water will open a consultation process today on providing a new source of water for Dublin and the eastern and midlands region. Its working pap(...)

 According to details of payments made through the Department of Agriculture, a number of international applicants have received funding under the Common Agricultural Policy programme. File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Payments made to farmers under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) have often been credited with keeping rural Ireland alive, but they are also boos(...)

Three men have been arrested  following the recovery of a gun and drugs during a stop and search of a car in west Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Gardaí have arrested three men and seized a gun and drugs in an operation in west Dublin. A Garda spokesman said that members of the Ronanstown Drugs(...)

 Sisters Minna Maria (7) and Naina Therese George (5) with Owl Butterflies at Straffan Butterfly Farm which is due to close at the end of August. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The State’s oldest butterfly farm in Straffan, Co Kildare, is to close at the end of this summer, its owners have said. Straffan Butterfly Farm was op(...)

Dr Pamela Byrne became chief executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland  in March

Food scares will always come and go, whether it’s horse meat, dioxins in pork or BSE. But when the next crisis arrives, there will be a new face le(...)

A Dublin Fire Brigade spokesman said there were gas cylinders at the site of the warehouse in Farran’s Lane and heavy smoke was visible in the area. Photograph: The Irish Times

Firefighters from Swords, Skerries and Balbriggan have brought a fire at a warehouse under control in Rush, Co Dublin tonight. A Dublin Fire Brigade s(...)

113 migrants are rescued by the Irish Naval Services vessel LÉ Eithne on Saturday, June 5th. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Irish Naval Service vessel the LÉ Eithne arrived at Taranto Port in Italy at about 8am on Monday after rescuing 399 migrants in the Mediterranean. It(...)

This is how toast should be cooked, according to the European Food Safety Authority. Photograph: Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Correspondent It’s not an old wives’ tale. Eating burnt toast really does increase your risk of developing cancer. The European Food Safety Authority(...)