Samuel Beckett: Irish playwright’s letters illustrate his support for young writers. Photograph: Hulton Getty

Given Samuel Beckett had reputedly the worst handwriting of any 20th century writer, reading 20,000 of his personal letters clearly demands a lot of c(...)

  A section of the Ara OB1 Stellar Association photographed by the European Southern Observatory whose senior counsellor for international relations Claus Madsen said:   “If Ireland wants to be part of the global research community it has to have access to some of these international facilities.” Photograph: ESO/PA Wire

Ireland’s ongoing failure to join the research organisation that runs the biggest telescope in the world is a major missed opportunity, a meeting in D(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon said there had been an increase in the number of civil cases taken against organisations for failing to protect personal data.

There has been in increase in the number of civil law actions taken against organisations and even Government departments for failing to protect peopl(...)

Vaccines work by stimulating the “memory formation” in our immune system without causing the disease.

Once upon a time the release of a vaccine was a cause for widespread celebration. Within four years of introducing the measles vaccine in 1964 the num(...)

Siptu members at NUI Galway have been instructed not to cooperate with the university’s new gender equality taskforce as the union  believes it will result in a ‘whitewash’. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Academics affiliated to trade union Siptu at NUI Galway (NUIG) have been directed not to cooperate with the university’s new taskforce on gender equal(...)

A PhD is a marathon rather than a sprint: Stephen McQuillan in the library in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Monday I work part-time in the library in Trinity College Dublin for a couple of hours each morning. I clock off at 10, check out a few books and do s(...)

An image from Maryam Namazie’s website with a claim that Monday’s speech at Trinity College Dublin on apostasy and the rise of Islam has been “cancelled by organisers”.

A political activist due to give a speech in Trinity college on apostasy and the rise of Islam has claimed the event has been cancelled after the c(...)

The Eclipse as seen from Trinity College main square in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The morning of the solar eclipse saw 12 of us packed into a military aircraft flying at 13,000ft, 2½ hours off the northwest coast of Ireland. A €40,(...)

A short break in the clouds gives a glimpse of Friday’s partial eclipse of the sun from the front square in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire 0:48

Everyone in Ireland was an astronomer on Friday as a near-total eclipse of the sun tracked its way across the island. Clouds spoiled the fun in most p(...)

David McCullagh and Keelin Shanley, pictured at Wynn’s Hotel using a sepia technique. The presenters will be among those introducing a series of talks. Photograph: Ray McManus

O’Connell Street will be closed to traffic on Easter Monday as RTÉ stages a celebration of everyday life 100 years ago, with the aid of hundreds of v(...)