‘None of these criticisms is likely to dent Blair’s belief in his own righteousness. He is doubtless buoyed by regular, gushes of praise for his involvement in the making of the Belfast Agreement.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Tony Blair is set to step down as Middle East “peace envoy” for the Quartet – the United Nations, the European Union, Russia and the United States. He(...)

Three judges who allegedly viewed pornography on official IT equipment at work were sacked for “wholly unacceptable” behaviour and a fourth has resigned. Photograph: Getty

Three judges who viewed pornography on official IT equipment at work were sacked for “wholly unacceptable” behaviour and a fourth has resigned, the J(...)

 Rather than feel bad on the weeks you don’t manage 150 minutes, be positive about any 20 minutes of moderate exercise you do get. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Readers will be aware of my scepticism about telling people what not to do when it comes to health promotion. I’m much happier advising patients to do(...)

Shunned: James Watson. Photograph: Suzanne DeChillo/New York Times

An icon of science has done the unthinkable. The Nobel laureate James Watson, one of the two men who discovered the double-helix shape of DNA, has sol(...)

Prof James Watson, who jointly discovered the DNA double helix with Francis Crick, is to sell the Nobel medal he won in 1962. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

One of the world’s best-known scientists is selling his Nobel Prize medal in a bid to allow him to “re-enter public life” after being shunned for the (...)

29-year-old British banker Rurik Jutting (C) is guarded by police on his way to the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts in Hong Kong, China today. Photograph: EPA/Apple Daily

A 29-year-old British banker appeared in a Hong Kong court today charged with two counts of murder after police found the bodies of two women in his (...)

Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Tim Robinson is leaving Connemara. Not physically, not emotionally, but after several decades of roaming, recording and interpreting the Atlantic seas(...)

Sir Jocelyn Stevens, with his wife, Emma. Photograph: Getty Images

Sir Jocelyn Stevens, who has died aged 82, was perhaps the last of the old-style Fleet Street bosses, revelling in a reputation for brusqueness and bu(...)

Pilot whales: a pod of 13 beached in Co Donegal last month. Illustration: Michael Viney

At one point in the whole distressing affair, so the story goes, a young woman was bringing cups of water from the sea to pour over the skyward eye of(...)

Who’s rearing your children? If you have a child aged nine or older in possession of a laptop, smartphone, tablet or all of the above, chances are tha(...)