‘With its rotting fairytale castle, a duckpond featuring miniature boats full of refugees, a princess in a chariot crash being bombarded by paparazzi (above), and frowning staff, Dismaland is the latest in Banksy’s wry anti-establishment commentary battering his five favourite Cs: capitalism, conflict, conservatism, consumerism and celebrity.’ Photograph: REUTERS/Toby Melville

Over in Weston-Super-Mare, the artist Banksy has created a large installation in the form of a “bemusement park”. With its rotting fairytale castle, a(...)

Rising global temperatures may not pose the only threat to polar ice caps. Research involving an Irish scientist is exploring how warmer and more tur(...)

Eddie Hobbs at the launch of Lucinda Creighton’s new political party. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Eddie Hobbs has undoubtedly done this State – or at least its citizens – some service, but characterising him as a universally popular people’s cham(...)

Leona the loggerhead turtle. She has been transmitting her position via her GPS tag since her release on Gran Canaria last Thursday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The 15-year-old storm-tossed turtle that was flown from Ireland to warmer waters last week is currently swimming east. While there was some apprehensi(...)

Horace Silver in an image from the sleeve of the Blue Note record Senor Blues - Cool Eyes.

Jazz musician Horace Silver, a composer known for pioneering hard bop, has died at age 85.Silver, a native of Norwalk, Connecticut, was shaped by the (...)

Some 197,000 passengers travelled on the Dublin to Lanzarote route between January and September 2013. Photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

The number of passengers travelling on the London Heathrow to Dublin route have reached their highest levels since the financial crisis began, new (...)

The Afrobarometer study reveals that about 50 per cent of all the respondents reported they occasionally lacked access to food, clean water and medicine in 2012.

Despite sustained economic growth in Africa over the past decade, most governments across the continent have failed to reduce poverty levels among the(...)

Irish Customs officers played a central role in the initial stages of the international investigation that led to the seizure off Cape Verde of a yac(...)

Laurent Xavier Balla, an openly gay rights activist with the Association for the Defence of Gays and Lesbians  in Douala, Cameroon, after he was attacked for the fourth time over his sexual orientation. Photograph:  Reinnier Kaze/AFP/Getty Images

Homophobia is reaching dangerously high levels across Africa, with attacks on homosexuals increasingly more visible and discrimination against them on(...)