Wikileaks founder Julian Assange squints in the sunlight as he prepares to speak from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called on Britain and Sweden on Friday to let him freely leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London after a UN panel rule(...)

A new exhibition features large-format prints of photographs of central Dublin by antiquarian Thomas Westropp in the aftermath of the Rising, including one of the ruins of the GPO taken from Nelson’s Pillar. Photograph: After Easter: Photographs of Dublin in 1916 by Thomas Johnson Westropp

February 4th, 1916 The Irish Times was animated about the state of Irish education in an editorial. The war had exposed faultlines and it cried out (...)

An Aedes aegypti mosquito  in a laboratory in Campinas, Brazil, February 2nd, 2016. Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

A new method to render male mosquitoes infertile by nuclear radiation could help reduce populations of insects carrying the Zika virus linked to thous(...)

Fianna Fáil spokesman on mental health Colm Keaveney said the Government and the responsible Minister of State, Kathleen Lynch, had failed in promise to ring fence an additional €37 million per annum for services.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil has said it will give a cast-iron commitment to increase funding for mental health services by €200 within five years if it is returned to(...)

Pope Francis: “the people chosen for the washing of the feet in the liturgy of Holy Thursday may be selected from all the people of God, and not only men and boys”.  Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Pope Francis has decreed that people chosen for the washing of feet at Holy Thursday ceremonies may from now on include women and girls. The papal (...)

Aiming high: Brian Cody of St Kieran’s College and JP Treacy of CBS Kilkenny during the GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup final in Nowlan Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

School sports are big business. When parents choose where to send their children, schools with a reputation for sporting prowess will catch their att(...)

Entrance to Mount Mercy College on Model Farm Road. Image: Google Maps

A Cork school has been chosen for the first time to host the national launch of Catholic Schools Week which invites schools across the island to give (...)

Shares in British supermarket Morrisons rose 8.7 per cent rise after its sales figures beat forecasts. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

European markets rallied from last week’s wipeout as car-makers and retailers made gains yesterday. However, a further fall in crude oil prices dampe(...)

The poor state of  Tralee Courthouse, which dates to 1835, has been the subject of council motions as well as a Dáil question in recent years. File photograph: Google Street View

A judge has hit out at the “noise and filth” of Tralee Courthouse on District Court days and has said he finds it the most awkward court in Kerry and (...)

Members of the Afghan security forces prepare to deploy on patrol during an operation against Taliban fighters in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Photograph: Watan Yar/EPA

One member of the US armed forces was killed and another two were wounded in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, where fierce fighting has been g(...)