The new chair of Kerry County Council, Cllr John Brassil, FF, a pharmacist and engineer from Ballyheigue - a married man with three children - has already declared his interest in running in the next general election for Fianna Fáil.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A Fianna Fáil councillor has been elected to the chair of Kerry County Council with support from Fine Gael in a historic election signalling the end o(...)

Bernadine (right) rips apart the food net, Yasmine (left)  at the  Kaziranga Forest Trail in Dublin Zoo

Cramps, back pain, mood swings, food cravings… pregnancy is no cakewalk.But spare a thought for Yasmin, Dublin Zoo’s premier Asian elephant.After 22 m(...)

Full list of candidates Dynastic politics are a strong feature of the battle for seats on Kerry County Council.   The outcome will(...)

Cian Healy is fully behind his old club Clontarf as they prepare to face the world famous Barbarians at Castle Avenue next Wednesday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Although only a small segment of the battle actually was fought close to the seafront in Clontarf, you can never let the facts get in(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has confirmed his party’s intention to stand for election in Northern Ireland in 2019. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has confirmed his party’s intention to stand for election in Northern Ireland in 2019. “I’ve set that as a ta(...)

Senator Deirdre Clune said it was Marie O’Donoghue and her battle on behalf of her son which forced the State to recognise not just her son’s right to an education but the educational rights of all children, regardless of their disability. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A young man who helped establish the educational rights of people with severe disabilities when his family took an action on his behalf against the St(...)

The idea that nature reflects the work of a conscious designer remains a compelling one in the face of the immense complexity we see in the world arou(...)

Inexorable. The word just seemed to pop up with unusual regularity in my reading of late. Then one particular essay stopped me in my tracks. It was di(...)

Many interesting discussions arise over coffee. A recent example concerned changes in diet over the course of our lives in Ireland. The chat ranged fr(...)

The term “neuro” is popping up with increasing regularity these days. I’ve recently received brochures for events on the “neuroscience of psychotherap(...)