Climate-change science has come under attack from fossil-fuel lobbyists. Above, heat waves distort a photograph of a flight taking off in Virginia. June 2014 was the hottest June on record in the US since data collection began in 1880. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

The recent news that two “ground- breaking” papers on stem-cell research by Japanese scientists have been retracted by the prestigious science jour(...)

Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

Christmas has come early for the lucky science research community. European Commissioner for Research and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn last week anno(...)

 President Higgins waves as he leaves after meeting with  prime minister David Cameron at Number 10. Photograph: Reuters/Luke MacGregor

The workman fiddled with the red carpet outside the door of No 10 Downing Street just minutes before President Michael D Higgins’s chauffeur-dr(...)

 President Michael D. Higgins and British prime minister David Cameron are seen during a meeting at Downing Street in London today. Photograph:   Andy Rain - Pool/Getty Images

President Michael D. Higgins has expressed thanks to British prime minister David Cameron for “the incredible reception” that he has received d(...)

 Prince Andrew, Duke of York shows the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins (centre), accompanied by his wife Sabina Higgins and David Rankin-Hunt, Deputy Inspector, Regimental Colours for the Royal Collection (left) the Colours of the Disbanded Irish Regiments in the Grand Stairs at Windsor Castle today. Photograph: Steve Parsons/WPA Pool/Getty Images

The damage being inflicted on the planet as a result of climate change requires “an ethical discourse” involving all citizens and not just scie(...)

 The President Micheal D Higgins and his wife Sabina departing for their State visit to Britain at Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel today. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has arrived in London for the first ever State visit to Britain by an Irish president. Mr Higgins and his wif(...)

Mr Higgins will be honoured at a state banquet hosted by Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle. Photograph:L Andrew Winning/Reuters

Áras an Uachtaráin has released details of the upcoming state visit by President Michael D Higgins to Britain. The visit follows the successful(...)

 Rose Robinson Griffith, five months,   with her mother Moninne Griffith, former director of Marriage Equality, with Senator Katherine Zappone, left and Brian Sheehan of GLEN at the  LGBT Parenting in Ireland conference at KIldare Street today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter has said his proposals for family law reforms will shortly be considered by Cabinet, meaning non-biolog(...)

Former president Mary McAleese has said “a very large number” of Catholic priests are homosexuals

Former president Mary McAleese, who has urged a Scottish cardinal forced to stand down last year to admit publicly that he is gay, has said “a very la(...)

The current M8 sign (left) shows how Irish is ‘squeezed’ and abbreviated to fit the limited space. The proposed design uses colour differentiation 	of languages and the Turas test typeface.

The Department of Transport has asked the NRA to trial run newly-designed road signs that would give the Irish language parity with English on the cou(...)