A proton-proton collision at the Cern particle collider. John Bell had a stellar physics career at the physics research centre and laboratory in Geneva, where he was officially focused on particle physics. Photograph: AP Photo/Cern

The island of Ireland might be known, to those wearing emerald-tinted glasses, as the land of saints and scholars, but isn’t it curious that in the(...)

President Higgins: “Engaging with the past is not easy”

President Michael D Higgins has warned against a “pretend amnesia” about the past. Dealing with the past was an issue that could not be “shirked”, he(...)

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after the death of a pedestrian in Belfast.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after the death of a pedestrian in Belfast.The 18-year-old victim was hit by a white Rena(...)

Sisters Frances Forde and Marie Duddy died when their vehicle collided with the unmarked car close to the border city of Newry, Co Down. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Two nuns killed in a crash involving a police car in Northern Ireland this week had dedicated their lives to education, a priest told funeral mourner(...)

Michael McGimpsey: the former Ulster Unionist minister for health ordered an “urgent independent inquiry”

A former consultant at the Royal Victoria Hospital’s school of dentistry in Belfast, has been struck off and immediately suspended from practising.Th(...)

Prof Yvonne Galligan of Queen’s University Belfast is chair of Fianna Fáil’s Markiewicz Commission, which has been asked to address the under-representation of women. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has been urged to take the lead on gender balance in the next general election and field a higher proportion of strong women candidates th(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: his party should spell out in clear language the policy issues where it diverts radically from Fine Gael. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

In sport, they call the third quarter the “moving quarter”, during which the team with the momentum and strength behind it takes a firm grip on the ga(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has ruled out seeking coalition agreements with either Fine Gael or Sinn Féin at the conclusion of his party’s two-day meeting of TDs and Senators in the Abbey Hotel in Roscommon.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Labour is the only large party that has not been categorically ruled out by Fianna Fáil as a possible coalition partner after the next election. Party(...)

Helen Dixon has been appointed the new Data Protection Commissioner.

The Government has announced the appointment of Helen Dixon as the new Data Protection Commissioner.Ms Dixon, who has previously held senior managemen(...)

Ms Justice Yvonne Murphy: to chair   mother-and-baby home commission of inquiry

MEPs will be lobbied tomorrow in Brussels by groups seeking support for a broader remit in terms of reference for the mother-and-baby home commission(...)