Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald’s mother  has died on Friday, August 14th. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The mother of Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has died. Anna Ryan (née Hayes) of Newbridge, Co Kildare, died early on Friday. Her husband Ta(...)

Biological bric-a-brac: shells and fossils line the shore. Illustration: Michael Viney

The long calms and offshore breezes of this summer have let the sea put back even more of its offshore store of sand than it sucked away last winter –(...)