Member of the Red Cross and Policemen waite for relatives at a monument to honour the victims of Germanwings flight 4U9525 in front of the mountains near the crash site. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

Pilots with a history of depression should not be banned from flying commercial jets, according to a leading British psychiatrist, in a warning agains(...)

Mary Berry in Dublin recently. “I know the subject of baking and I’ve just got to be fair, encourage them [the Bake Off contestants] and try to say something nice even when it’s pretty awful”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times 4:58

Mary Berry is very polite and very proper. “Oh, I’d never put my elbows on the table,” she says, when the Irish Times photographer asks her to lean(...)

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during the SNP conference at the SECC in Glasgow. Photograph: PA

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has urged Scottish voters to make Scotland’s voice “heard like before” in Westminster in May’s United Kingdom (...)

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will tell voters elsewhere in the UK that they should welcome the SNP’s hold on power in Westminster, “not fear it.” Photograph: PA

Scotland must be able to make its own decisions about taxation and spending to fend off plans by the Conservatives to cut £30 billion from public spen(...)

The  24th James Bond film ‘Spectre’ will feature  Monica Bellucci and Daniel Craig, pictured here on location in Italy. Photograph: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty 1:45

The teaser trailer for Spectre, the 24th James Bond film, was unveiled on Friday evening to a select set of journalists in Mexico City. The Irish Time(...)

Shop Talk: Craft toys

There’s a shop full of furry, mohair cuddliness nestled in the foothills of Slieve Rushen, Co Cavan. The first sign that you’ve entered somewhere u(...)

Shoppers walk past and look at a board displaying food prices at a shopping mall in central Beijing. Photogrpah: David Gray/Reuters

It’s jokingly referred to as “the noodle bowl” - Asia’s tangled mass of bilateral free-trade agreements (FTAs).The slow pace of global trade talks ov(...)

Corporal Anna Cross (25), during a press conference at London’s Royal Free Hospital.  Ms Cross has been discharged from the hospital after being declared free from Ebola. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

British military healthcare worker Anna Cross (25), who became infected with Ebola while working in Sierra Leone, has been declared free of the virus (...)

Open about sexuality: DIT students held Stand Up 4 Love, a comedy and music night at Vicar Street, in support of a Yes vote in the marriage-equality referendum

Ireland has witnessed significant social change and sometimes dizzying levels of diversity in recent decades. Does that extend to a new willingness to(...)

Dividing people into winners and losers might seem like weirdly reductive behaviour, but Alastair Campbell was once the British Labour Party’s director of communication and strategy, where he thrived on reduction. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On the cover of Alastair Campbell’s new book, Winners and How They Succeed, there’s a big number “1” made from the names of the subjects and interv(...)