An undated photo of a turtle swimming over bleached coral near Heron Island, in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Photograph: Catlin Seaview Survey/ The New York Times

Australian scientists say that just seven per cent of the Great Barrier Reef, which attracts around €3.4 billion (A$5 billion) in tourism every year,(...)

Countries such as France, Belgium and Portugal have signs such as this one, to warn motorists they must leave a 1.5m gap when overtaking cyclists

What’s in a word? It might save a life, according to one cycling campaigner who is advocating for a set minimum overtaking distance between drivers an(...)

RSA boss Moyagh Murdock: 30km/hr should be the default speed in all built-up areas. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Local authorities are being urged to introduce a 30km speed limit in the Republic’s towns and cities and around schools. As well as protecting pedestr(...)

Nate Diaz applies a choke hold to win by submission against Conor McGregor in March 2016. Photograph: Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

The tragic death of Joao Carvalho on Monday has reignited debate over whether professional mixed martial arts fights should be banned. However, legal(...)

 Kevin McGeever with a Hummer. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The swindles grew more audacious as he crossed continents, €70 million passing through Kevin McGeever’s nuanced hands as he seduced investors in Austr(...)

Connacht’s Tom McCartney. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rugby is a small world alright, and smaller still in New Zealand. As if to prove the point, when the Connacht hooker Tom McCartney first sampled senio(...)

GP Aifric Boylan: ‘The most striking difference between working as a GP in Australia versus Ireland is that here the health system facilitates me in taking care of patients properly.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ireland’s ailing health service was one of the most contentious topics of the 2016 general election campaign, but it remains to be seen how the incom(...)

Bridie Jabour: “I think it’s a fair system. It’s essentially interest-free”

After seven years of spending cuts, rising student numbers and falling staff levels, there is broad agreement that higher education is under pressure (...)

The condoms do not lose any strength despite being 30 per cent thinner than existing products. Photograph: Pederk/E+/Getty

Scientists in Australia believe a spiky native grass can be used to make condoms “as thin as a human hair”. The condoms, which do not lose any streng(...)

Kate Robinson and Conor Larkin After travelling to Australia Conor, a security guard from Co Wexford, met Kate in her native Queensland on a night (...)