A newly restored front gate being reinstated at Trinity College Dublin by workmen in April 2014. Photograph: Alan Betson

A 66-year-old Dublin man has been sent forward for trial accused of wrecking the historic wooden front gate of Trinity College Dublin.John Farrell, fr(...)

Badger culls have been used to try to stop the spread of TB, but this method of disease control has been criticised by animal welfare groups, particularly in the UK. File photograph: Getty Images

Not even badgers are safe from the prying eyes of Big Brother. Zoologists from Trinity College Dublin are using GPS tracking technology in Co Wicklow (...)

Retired NUIG lecturer Micheline Sheehy Skeffington. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

NUI Galway (NUIG) said it was examining a possible “data breach” last week relating to personal information of university staff. The university said i(...)

St James’s Hospital made  an application to the Department of Health in May 2014 that  chief executive Brian Fitzgerald be allowed to  retain a €30,000 allowance for lecturing on top of his salary. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Department of Health has rejected a bid by St James’s Hospital to allow its chief executive to retain a €30,000 allowance for lecturing on top of(...)

Queen’s University Belfast. Northern Ireland’s  two universities, Queen’s and Ulster University, charge lower fees for Northern students than their British counterparts.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The seven universities in the Republic are set to introduce new admissions procedures that will make it easier for school-leavers from Northern Ire(...)

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(...)