‘There is no standard template for a good and effective mother.’ Photograph: Getty Images

When you are going to have a baby, no matter how many pregnancy and baby books you read, no matter how many mothering websites you consult, no matt(...)

Mario Draghi, head of the European Central Bank (ECB), is seen in the newsroom to speak to journalists after a meeting of the ECB governing board in Frankfurt, Germany. Photograph: Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images

European government borrowing rates plummeted to record lows, the euro weakened to an 11-year low against the dollar and stock markets rallied after t(...)

18+: Trust

You wonder how Samia Mirza and Justin Swinburne would respond to being tickled under their arms, such is the austere, solemn, inscrutable vibe(...)

Dalymount Park: long regarded as the spiritual home of domestic football in the Republic of Ireland.

The purchase of Dalymount Park by Dublin City Council could be confirmed as early as next week with Bohemians currently awaiting a decision from Zuri(...)

Minister of State  Damien English, who said the funding would help to “boost Ireland’s biomedical research credentials”. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Dick Ahlstrom Science Editor The UK-based Wellcome Trust has renewed its partnership with Science Foundation Ireland and the Health Research Board to (...)

When you have reached that difficult moment of emotional crisis where you’ve decided to reach out to a psychology professional, you will probably l(...)

Rock climbing Even those incapable of one proper push-up magically manage to find the strength in their chest, hips, fingers and thighs to(...)

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-Moon is among those on the shortlist for the Tipperary International Peace Award. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

A holocaust survivor, a Burmese human rights lawyer and the United Nations secretary general are among those shortlisted for the Tipperary Internation(...)

An employee looks out over an oil refinery  in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. The drop in oil prices is driving a sharp recession in the country. Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Slumping oil prices have put Russia’s economy on course for a sharp recession and double-digit inflation next year, government ministers said, as auth(...)

Russian mid-sized lender Trust Bank is to receive up to 30 billion roubles ($530 million) from the central bank to stop it going bankrupt in the first bailout of its kind during the current rouble crisis.

Russian authorities significantly scaled up rescue funds for mid-sized lender Trust Bank on Friday, saying they would provide up to $2.4 billion in lo(...)