Pat Smith was forced to resign because of the controversy over his remuneration. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

One insider described it as a “code of omerta” across the entire upper echelon of the organisation. Another said the controversy was merely a smokescr(...)

Timely: this autumn’s supermoons and all the talk of life on Mars give a topical edge to I Was There’s distillation of evolution. Illustration: Michael Viney

How do you inspire an eight-year-old, say, with young delight in sharing with everything else on Earth, atoms born of the Big Bang, 14 billion years a(...)

Agricultural agency Teagasc has been given the green light from the Department of Agriculture to begin hiring staff again. After a six-year moratorium(...)

Teagasc has said demand for its courses  has grown to an unprecedented level. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Demand for courses with the agriculture development and training agency Teagasc has grown to an unprecedented level due to a new requirement that farm(...)

Export award short: Barry Cullen, head of sales, Silver Hill Duck

SUCCESS AT HOME AWARD COMPANY: CONNACHT GOLD BUTTER Connacht Gold has a multi-award winning range of butter products and has been shortlisted based on(...)

Lumbricus terrestrism draws leaves down. Illustration: Michael Viney

The return of the wind reminded the trees it was autumn, whether or not they were ready to let their leaves fall. The beech stays stubborn, already(...)

Conor Saunders: focused his study for an MSc on probiotics and gut health

Nutrition experts have long been aware of the importance of gut health to overall wellbeing. They’re keen for people to eat foods that help intestina(...)

Patrick Shelley of  Origin Spirits. Its first product, Kalak Vodka, is being launched this month.
New innovators: Kalak Vodka

Patrick Shelley is no stranger to prestige brands, having worked for luxury goods group, LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) for 15 years across six ma(...)

Where pollinators can flourish: a blackthorn in flower. Illustration: Michael Viney

It looked like a miniature bumblebee, about the size of my little fingernail. Then, lifting from a starry blue flower no bigger than itself, the furry(...)

Phil Hogan: the EU’s agriculture commissioner will not attend due to illness. Photograph: Eric Luke

Thousands of farmers are expected to descend on Brussels today as EU agriculture ministers meet to discuss the crisis in the dairy industry that has s(...)