Ireland used to have more widespread voluntary folic acid fortification than other European countries and the rate of birth defects fell up to 2008. However, it started rising again in 2009

A growing incidence of severe birth defects among Irish newborns is being linked to a reduction in the amounts of folic acid added by food manufactur(...)

Muscular dystrophy only affects young males and is the most common inherited neuro-muscular condition here, affecting one in 3,500 boys

Researchers in Dublin and Bonn have made an important discovery related to muscular dystrophy, a relatively common inherited degenerative disorder.The(...)

Marte Meo founder, Maria Aarts: ‘A baby who gets a smile from a parent for doing something begins to trust his own initiative and to develop a sense of security and self-worth.’

A baby turns her head to stare at a cat; a toddler tentatively kicks a ball; a small child opens a box of bricks. These are fleeting moments in daily (...)

Left to right: Sadhbh O’Muirí (Dunshaughlin Community College), Lydia Koilparambil (St Dominic’s Cabra), Mary Ishabigi (St Dominic’s Cabra) and Niamh Scanlon (Girls Hack Ireland mentor) at Girls Hack Ireland in DCU

What happens when 100 or so teenage girls gather for a day, learn coding skills and “hack” new websites? Add a bit of music, food, prizes and some hel(...)

The Rape Crisis Centre said this ad in a newspaper from the Stop Out-of-Control Drinking campaign is “misogynistic”.

The Rape Crisis Network of Ireland has called for the immediate withdrawal of an advertisement aimed at raising awareness of alcohol abuse.The network(...)

Just five years after taking up the game Sophie Spence was a member of Ireland’s Grand-Slam winning team. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It has, to say the least, been an eventful start to the Six Nations campaign for Ireland. The team opened with a comprehensive 30-5 win away to Ital(...)

All international and local research shows higher levels of education increase your employability as well as your salary

Young people throughout the EU are the biggest cohort of victims of the current economic crisis. Their rate of unemployment ranges from mid-20 per cen(...)

Eoin Carley at the Paris Observatory

Postgraduate qualifications in a word: research. Postgrads are all about specialist thinking, of looking at the world in new ways, and figuring out(...)

Méabh Loughman’s health struggles as a child inspired her to do a master’s degree in electronic engineering in healthcare technologies (MEng HcT). The(...)

The report says that most of the 25 recommendations made last June by the group, chaired by Prof Brian MacCraith, president of Dublin City University, are in the process of being implemented. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

None of the recommendations made last year by a high-level working group on improving structures for medical training has been fully implemented so f(...)