An Indian Muslim offers prayers inside a mosque during the first day of the fasting month of Ramadan in Mumbai yesterday. During Ramadan, Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk. Photograph: Divyakant Solanki/EPA

Ramadan, the annual Muslim month of fasting, has begun. Its first full day was yesterday and it continues until July 28th next. Representing the nint(...)

Gardaí marching during their graduation ceremony at Templemore. Fianna Fáil leader Darragh O’Brien welcomed Mr Shatter’s announcement that that applications will be accepted from next week for new recruits to the Garda Síochána. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Seanad Report: The Seanad should nominate a name for the new ship the Naval Service will take delivery of next year, Independent Senator Sean Barre(...)

Pfizer is cutting a further 150 jobs at its Newbridge plant in Co Kildare

Confirmation by Pfizer that it is cutting a further 150 jobs at its Newbridge plant triggered widespread calls for action to address what Fianna Fáil’(...)

Workers leaving the MSD plant in Swords, Co Dublin, after the announcement of 570 job losses. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

MSD’s troubles are fairly well known: a misfiring pipeline and continuing pressure to rationalise an organisation bloated by the merger of two majo(...)

Merck Sharpe & Dohme  cholesterol-lowering drug, Vytorin, emerges from a tablet press. Photographer: Jonathan Drake/Bloomberg News

Up to 570 staff at global pharma giant MSD face redundancy in the second major jobs blow at the company this year. MSD (formerly Merck Sharp & Doh(...)

Unite trade union has pledged to immediately engage with MSD management and proactively help the IDA to find a buyer for the facility. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Christmas tree was up in the MSD pharmaceutical plant in Swords yesterday but there was little cheer among staff who were told that it is to close(...)

Muslims with type 2 diabetes in Ireland who intend to fast during the upcoming Ramadan are being warned that advance planning with their doctor is vit(...)

MSD Ireland (Merck Sharp & Dohme) chief executive Brian Longstreet photographed at the company’s hq in Dublin

A review panel this week decided that a revolutionary new treatment for insomnia should be approved for use – but only at the lower of two dose(...)