UCC academics Prof Áine Hyland and Prof Brian Bocking believe Ireland “is in a process of erratic and unpredictable transition”  and religious and secular interests are “seemingly clashing head-on”. Photograph: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

The quality of religious education (RE) in Irish schools deserves much closer scrutiny with many pupils and teachers regarding it as a “doss” subject(...)

Impression of the sub-sea observatory at the Galway Bay test site, connected back to shore by a cable which has already been installed. Photograph: SmartBay

A sub-sea observatory is due to be installed in Galway Bay when weather permits, as part of a significant development of the State’s ocean energy tes(...)

 Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, one of the leaders of the Fenian movement in Ireland, photographed shortly before he died in New York. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

As the State prepares to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the funeral of Fenian Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa at the weekend, O’Donovan Rossa’s champio(...)

Scientists are worried about widespread hardship and migration as some regions become effectively uninhabitable due to persistent drought or rising sea levels. Above, women in Kenya carry water from a well. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Last month I attended a conference, Meeting the Challenge of Climate Justice: From Evidence to Action, hosted by Trócaire and St Patrick’s College,(...)

John Lee with his children John and Áine: his solid ash table took the new Irish Design Award. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 2:41

For the first time the National Craft Awards presented at the RDS yesterday were divided into separate categories of emerging and established maker(...)

 Dr Derek Power, consultant medical oncologist, Mercy University Hospital, Cork and Cork University Hospital. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/ Provision

My route into medicine was not the typical one because I started my career as a pharmacist. I was always fascinated with how drugs can be used to chan(...)

A seagull at the British Open in Scotland. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

A Kerry-based marine expert has called for “a bit of factual perspective” on the debate over “killer gulls” and has warned that the birds face a real (...)

People used to scoff at the idea of working 9 to 5. Now we can but dream of it. Working within such tight time limitations and with little sense of au(...)

Asha (7), Yasmin (24) and, far right, bull elephant Upali at Dublin Zoo. Photograph: Patrick Bolger

Asha the elephant (7) loves climbing. She seems to enjoy the novelty of being taller than the others. Her trunk is up, the ears are out and she loo(...)

University College Cork: President Michael Murphy has proposed a zero VAT rate on the construction of student accommodation

Plans to give developers incentives to build more student housing are under consideration by the Government as official figures show more than 25,000 (...)