Jackue Healy-Rae. Independents  have provided almost 100 per cent support for minority governments, with dissident party backbenchers instead being the main source of instability. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Opinion polls suggest Independents will win record levels of support in the forthcoming election. With those polls indicating no clear winner, Indepe(...)

Eoin Murray has put his PhD in Cambridge on hold as he works on developing Rinocloud further.

As a young science student at UCC, Eoin Murray had his first introduction to working with data in a laboratory setting. His career path then took him (...)

Nephrops prawn: more than 80 per cent of them collected in the Clyde firth in Scotland and surrounding sea lochs had eaten plastic, including monofilament line and fragments of plastic bags. Illustration: Michael Viney Nephrops prawn: more than 80 per cent of them collected in the Clyde firth in Scotland and surrounding sea lochs had eaten plastic, including monofilament line and fragments of plastic bags. Illustration: Michael Viney

It’s a good 15 years since I first took note of nurdles – a nonsense name for an insidious substance. Feather-light, translucent beads of polypropylen(...)

 David Ford: to appeal judgment.  Photograph: Arthur Allison.

The Belfast High Court judgment on access to abortion in the North has rightly been described as historic. The outcome of the case taken by the Northe(...)

The Castleconnell Boat Club’s boathouse was badly flooded this winter.

“It is devastating news. Our heart goes out to the families and to the village,” said Emily Ross of Castleconnell Boat Club after she had learned of(...)

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Rarely has a new scientific method created such a ruckus as the Crispr gene-editing technique. It has been touted as potentially offering a way to c(...)

If women’s anxieties are not identified and dealt with, they can get out of hand. They overthink things, with negative thoughts leading to low self-esteem, which increases the risk of post-natal depression. Photograph: Thinkstock

Physical changes during pregnancy and early motherhood are hard to ignore, from the swelling breasts and enlarging bump to the loosening of ligaments (...)

Members of the Young Social Innovators youth panel Aaron Brazil and Kirsty Real.   Photograph: Alan Betson

Over 20, 000 students have created projects with the support of Young Social Innovators (YSI) since it was founded 15 years ago. At the launch of a ne(...)

Mercy University Hospital Clinical Research Facility director Joe Eustace, SRL Pharma vice-president Anita Maguire and founder Margaret Shine. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Food companies have always tested new foods or beverages on ordinary consumers before release. Now the pharmaceutical companies are doing the same thi(...)

Making a living from genealogy isn’t easy in Ireland. There is no career path, very few employers and lots of competition. But many people involved (...)