Asha (7), Yasmin (24) and, far right, bull elephant Upali at Dublin Zoo. Photograph: Patrick Bolger

Asha the elephant (7) loves climbing. She seems to enjoy the novelty of being taller than the others. Her trunk is up, the ears are out and she loo(...)

One of the key recommendations of the Tusla study is that the focus of childcare policy must broaden from just the early years. There is a necessity for “high quality childcare at all stages of childhood”.  -

When a year’s free preschool year for every child aged between three and four was announced in 2009, it was heralded as a measure that would particula(...)

A father dresses his son at their home. A Túsla-commissioned study is the first in Ireland to look at the influence of childcare arrangements from infancy (nine months) up to the age of nine years, on a child’s physical, cognitive and socio-emotional development. File photograph: Casper Hedberg/The New York Times

Infants cared for by a relative develop better language skills by the age of three than those cared for in settings such as creches, according to n(...)

More than one in 10 women students surveyed believed they were sexually assaulted in the past year while drunk or drugged. Photograph: Thinkstock

More than one in 10 women students at universities in Cork and Galway believe they were sexually assaulted in the past year when drunk or drugged. The(...)

A total of 19 new members have been brought into the Royal Irish Academy at a ceremony in Dublin on Friday. The new members of the academy include Steve Myers, who was the director of accelerators at CERN when the Higgs boson was discovered in 2012 and  Martin Naughton, chairman of Glen Dimplex. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

A more “dynamic” higher education system is needed to attract both top researchers and women to leadership roles in Ireland, the president of the Roya(...)

Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English. Mr English has praised this year’s recipients of  the Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme, who are to share €6 million in funding between them. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A group of 80 young researchers have received an important boost, with the announcement that they are to share funding worth €6 million to help them (...)

It is easy to spot the potential for a greater application of evidence-based policy-making

Academic researchers play a crucial role in helping society fully understand its past, analyse its present and weigh up its future, but when it com(...)

Oliver Scharbrodt: “Muslim immigration to Ireland since the 1950s has been a completely different story. The majority of Muslim immigrants came as students from privileged backgrounds”.

The rise of Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, and its impact on European societies, shows how interconnected our world is today. We cannot afford to be(...)

Dr Charlotte Blease: would truthfulness about therapy make it less effective?

As the stigma surrounding mental health is lifted, more people are turning to psychotherapy to help with such problems as stress, anxiety and depressi(...)

Prof Orla Feely , Vice-President for Research , Innovation and Impact at UCD. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Irish Research Council is facing considerable change given the departure at the end of this month of its chairwoman, Prof Orla Feely. Much greater(...)