Gebremedhin Woldegiorgis, senior potato researcher at the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, and Denis Griffen, potato breeder at Teagas, inspect potato plants at the Teagasc Research Centre in Oakpark, Carlow. photograph: dylan vaughan

The hills of Chencha in southern Ethiopia, over 2,700m above sea level, are not a place where you might expect the Irish potato to be thriving undergr(...)

Dublin Zoo has announced the birth of a common or plains zebra foal. Photograph: Patrick Bolger

Dublin Zoo has welcomed its first zebra birth in 23 years, saying the new arrival and her mother are “doing brilliantly”. First-time mother Wiesje gav(...)

The merger of Irish NGOs Gorta and Self Help Africa last Saturday has created one of the largest non-profit agricultural organisations in Ireland and Britain.

The merger of Irish NGOs Gorta and Self Help Africa last Saturday has created one of the largest non-profit agricultural organisations in Ireland and (...)

Between 2009 and 2012, Tullow had drilling successes in Africa, opening up new basins in Uganda (above), Ghana and Kenya

Another week, another dry well for Tullow Oil, which on Monday announced it is abandoning its Lupus-1 prospect off the coast of Norway. For two yea(...)

‘The world doesn’t seem to understand that there really are people who are content to live alone.’ Ann Widdecombe in Belfast last week. Photograph: Mark Marlow/Pacemaker

At 8am in a Belfast hotel, Ann Widdecombe, who the night before was participating in the Belfast Book Festival, is already looking bright and breez(...)

A photograph of First Minister Peter Robinson with members of the Muslim community during his visit to the Belfast Islamic Centre in Wellington Park, south Belfast earlier this week,  where he made a public apology for any offence caused to Muslims by his defence of  controversial pastor James McConnell. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye /PA Wire.

Pastor James McConnell has publicly apologised for his depiction of Islam as “satanic”, “heathen” and “a doctrine spawned in hell”. He also said forme(...)

At war: soldiers at the docks in Massawa in 1935. Photograph: Mondadori via Getty

The blurb on this book declares it to be a story of “love and war and of finding hope in the midst of chaos”, and although The Good Italian is a love (...)

Victoria Osei and her daughters Perfect and Ama Osei at Cork city’s celebration of Africa Day. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Hundreds of young families, many of them African, celebrated in the grounds of Farmleigh House in Dublin’s Phoenix Park today. Despite intermittent h(...)

Tullow Oil has sold its majority stakes in two UK North Sea gas fields for $75.6 million (£45 million) plus royalty payments on future developm(...)

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said there are approximately 1,000 applicants who wish to adopt in Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

The only children being placed for intercountry adoption are increasingly those with special needs, a conference was told yesterday. Lau(...)