Skipper Liam Coyne: has returned home to Dún Laoghaire after victory in the Round Britain and Ireland race with Brian Flahive.

No sooner had Dublin Bay double-handers Liam Coyne and Brian Flahive won the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s (RORC) 1,800-mile Round Britain and Ireland in(...)

British prime minister David Cameron (left) talks with employees during a tour of the BP ETAP (Eastern Trough Area Project) oil platform in the North Sea, 100 miles east of Aberdeen, in February. The fate of North Sea oil revenues is a key issue ahead of the September 18th referendum to decide whether Scotland will end its 300-year-old union with England. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/Getty

Aberdeen in the northeast of Scotland, in the words of one oil executive who has experienced some of the toughest regions on earth, may not be the (...)

Musical tides coalesce in this intriguing experiment. Shetland Islander Chris Stout and Dundee harpist Catriona McKay have a well-established reputati(...)

Mr Coveney said that he differed with the EU on “significant aspects of the deal”, which will set some 15.6 per cent of the north-east Atlantic stock aside for Iceland, Greenland and Russia. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney has welcomed agreement between the EU, Norway and the Faroe islands on share-out of the north-east Atlant(...)

European Commission president José Manuel Barroso infuriated Scottish nationalists when he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that Scotland would have to renegotiate EU membership in the event of a vote for independence. Photograph: PA

The tricky issue of secessionism reared its head in Brussels this week as the debate about Scottish independence intensified. European (...)

The area west of Shetland where the Rosebank field was discovered in 2004 is virtually the only part of UK waters where oil and gas reserves have yet to be exploited

Chevron, the US oil group, has raised doubts if it will proceed with its £6 billion (€7bn) Rosebank oil project 130km west of the Shetland Islands, a (...)

Bo Gunnar Almqvist, professor emeritus of Irish Folklore at University College Dublin, was born in Alster, a rural area in Varmland, western Sweden. H(...)

The rising figures for black Caribbean MS in Britain sufferers poses issues about culturally sensitive care for the National Health Service. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Multiple sclerosis is most often found in northern Europe, north America, Australia and New Zealand, all populated by European colonists. In Br(...)

In the Living Room, Bottlenose Dolphin, by Co Clare-based photographer George Karbus who has won the British Wildlife Photographer competition.

An image of a dolphin surfing in the waves has claimed the top prize in the British Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.The dolphin’s eye vi(...)

A diver works on the wreckage of the Super Puma L2 helicopter which went down in the North Sea. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The body of the fourth victim of a North Sea helicopter crash has been recovered from the aircraft wreckage.Four people were killed when the Super Pum(...)