Lorries and cars queue on A16 motorway close to the Channel Tunnel terminal access in Calais, northern France. Photograph: Reuters

Passengers using the shuttle to cross the channel from France to England are facing hours of delays following a brief suspension of services due to mi(...)

‘The tulip lady’: Welsh-born writer and author Anna Pavord

Mention the Welsh-born writer and author Anna Pavord’s name to any book-loving gardener and almost inevitably they will say “Ahh, the tulip lady”. (...)

New wine in old bottles

It is often said that generals going to war tend to refight their last war, and economists, the last depression. And there is indeed a strong sense th(...)

To cull the gulls?

Herring gulls (larus argentatus) – this week’s media villain and trending story. Grisly headlines. In Cornwall a pensioner left with blood pouring dow(...)

Niamh Mulvey: “We ask each other: ‘Do you ever think of going home?’ Mostly, we answer vaguely: ‘We don’t know, maybe, depends’.”

There’s not much I like about Ireland. I prefer London’s cosmopolitanism, America’s fiction, Scandinavia’s politics, France’s sex scandals, Spain’s(...)

Gaye Edwards at the launch of the Amnesty International Ireland report ‘She Is Not a Criminal’, in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Language is important in discussion of abortion. To refer to someone on either side of the debate as “anti-choice” rather than “pro-life”; or as “p(...)

An Islamic manuscript which has been identified as one of the world’s oldest fragments of the Koran on show at the University of Birmingham. Photograph:  Joe Giddens/PA Wire 1:06

A British university said on Wednesday that fragments of a Koran manuscript found in its library were from one of the oldest surviving copies of the I(...)

Eric Davis thinks going to pub is boring: ‘Everyone is drinking and that’s where they get their thrill, their adrenalin from.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 3:07

Eric Davis: arrived from Utah, 2013 Eric Davis landed on his feet when he first arrived in Ireland. The software company where he works organis(...)

A man ordered enough deadly poison on the Dark Web to kill 1,400 people, a English court has heard. Father-of-two Mohammed Ali, (31), allegedly tried (...)

One of the newly discovered cannon from the Spanish Armada shipwrecks in Streedagh is brought ashore and set down for a brief public viewing in Mullaghmore, Co Sligo. Photograph: James Connolly

Two hundred locals gathered at Mullaghmore harbour in Co Sligo on Monday as four bronze cannons that had lain for more than 400 years in a Spanish A(...)