Gerry Adams, Ruairí Ó Bradaigh and Martin McGuinness at Sinn Féin’s Wolfe Tone Commemoration at Bodenstown in 1986. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

A surprise pre-election visit to Derry by taoiseach Garret FitzGerald on April 30th 1985 was strongly criticised by Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness. (...)

Loyalist protesters demonstrate against restrictions on flying the union flag from Belfast City Hall in central Belfast last January 2013. Photograph: Reuters

A DUP and Ulster Unionist Party pamphlet warning against limiting the days the British union flag should fly over Belfast City Hall had a “catalytic e(...)

Jack Kyle with captain Brian O’Driscoll after Ireland beat Wales in Cardiff to win their second Grand Slam in 2009, 61 years after the first was inspired by the Belfast man. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jack Kyle was the very best, the loveliest of players and the loveliest of men – Cliff Morgan Justine McGrath recounts a story from her childho(...)

Bernadette McAliskey: “An educated poor eats its government.” Photograph: Paula Geraghty

The primacy of human rights has to be the  lens through which we can "understand society" and be "agents for a better world",  former MP,(...)

Jack Kyle congratulates Brian O’Driscoll after Ireland’s second Grand Slam in 2009. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland has lost one of its all-time sporting legends with the death of Jack Kyle. Out-half on the Grand Slam-winning Irish rugby team of 1948, the(...)

Senator Susan O’Keeffe and Frances Fitzgerald, then Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, in 2013. The Senator  was part of a four person panel discussing whistleblowing at the Royal Irish Academy on Monday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The State will never be able to legislate entirely against liars and cheaters and the public will always be reliant on the role of whistleblowers, a d(...)

John DeLorean, the innovative car maker who left a promising career in Detroit to develop the short-lived gull-winged sports car in Belfast. Photograph: PA

The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) was “seduced” into pumping at least £77 million into the DeLorean car project in Belfast, even though there were str(...)

Metal-organic framework (MOF) material  are highly crystalline porous materials made up of 3D networks of zinc-oxygen clusters connected by organic molecules. Uses of MOFs include gas separation, gas purification, gas storage, or as catalysts.  Photograph: Science Photo Library

Metal Organic Frameworks. What do those three words together conjure up in your mind?If you’re not a science graduate, perhaps the 1980s cartoon Jayce(...)

The State’s four crematoriums: Glasnevin, Newland’s Cross, and  Mount Jerome in Dublin and Island Crematorium in Cork, arrange to have metals recycled after cremation.

Almost two tonnes of metal has been collected from the ashes of cremated bodies in Northern Ireland over the past four years as part of a recycling sc(...)

An artist’s impression of the Rosetta spacecraft’s lander Philae  on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Photograph: ESA/PA Wire

Astronomers at Queen’s University in Belfast will be anxiously awaiting news of the scheduled attempt today to land a probe on an icy comet 317 millio(...)