A drone nearly collided with a jet at Heathrow airport last December: many drone operators – both recreational and commercial – are ignorant of regulations or deliberately flout them.  Photograph: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Long-awaited rules on drone use, issued last week by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), will clear the way for greater business activities with the(...)

Seán McCann:  died suddenly but peacefully at his Dublin home

Journalist, author and rose lover Seán McCann has died suddenly but peacefully at his home in Dublin’s Deansgrange. He was believed to be in his late (...)

Frank Prendergast TD (Labour) at the New Ireland Forum  in May 1983. File photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

President of Ireland Michael D Higgins was among those who attended the funeral in Limerick on Monday of former Labour TD Frank Prendergast. The 81-ye(...)

Peter Swanson: ‘Goldfinger by Ian Fleming... was the first adult book I read. It was filled with sex and violence and it was a real page turner. I thought: Where can I get more books like this?’

Peter Swanson is the author of two novels, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart, and The Kind Worth Killing (Faber & Faber, £14.99). His poems, st(...)

A pedestrian with his glasses fogged over walks through the snow during a winter blizzard in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Record-breaking cold gripped the Eastern United States on Monday as an icy winter storm crippled the nation’s central states before it was expected to(...)

The Anthem  website is displayed on a laptop computer for a photograph in Washington. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Several US states are investigating a massive cyberattack on US health insurer Anthem , which according to sources said is being examined for possi(...)

Gay rights advocate Vin Testa in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP

Gabriela Polanco says her 14-month-old daughter Alexandra Noemi is running around, eating with a fork and drinking out of “a big-girl cup”.Two years a(...)

In a video telling the story of Irish nuns and brothers, Br Kevin Crowley, of the Capuchin Day Centre,  explains his vocation. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

The success of a video telling the story of Irish nuns has taken religious authorities by surprise, particularly as it has yet to be launched. The fou(...)

A new Vatican document says women aged between 20 and 50 rarely go to Mass, opt for a religious wedding less often and in general express “a certain diffidence toward the formative abilities of religious men”. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

A new Vatican document has described the effects of elective plastic surgery on women as “a burqa made of flesh.” It continued “one woman gave us this(...)

Retired garda John Paul Culligan is giving evidence in the continuing action by Ian Bailey (above) against the Garda Commissioner and State, who deny his claims, including of wrongful arrest and conspiracy, arising from the conduct of the investigation into the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

A detective garda who arrested Ian Bailey on suspicion of the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier has rejected a suggestion he did not have “a blind b(...)