The cuts have been uneven, varying hugely between Tullamore and Galway. Photograph: Getty Images

There is a saying that a nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest and most vulnerable members. This reflects poorly on our governme(...)

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(...)

Tom Arnold: said the panel was dealing with issues “important for now and for the future”

Tom Arnold has been appointed to the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, an independent body tasked with combating problems re(...)

Stephen Wheeler, managing director of SSE Airtricity. “Our model can’t just be about selling electricity, it’s actually providing an essential service to our customers.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

SSE Airtricity is on course to building the biggest wind farm in the State. The local subsidiary of British utility, Scottish and Southern Energy, (...)

U2 singer Bono performing in 2004 at Symphony Hall in Boston, the first concert hall to be designed using quantitative acoustics. Photograph: Marc Serota/Reuters

Attending a mathematics seminar in UCD recently, I could understand hardly a word. The problem lay not with the arcane mathematics but with the roo(...)

Des Higgins, who developed Clustal, in 2002. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

We are not always good at telling the stories of Irish scientists and the impact of their work. One of these stories concerns the extraordinary imp(...)

In the past several decades there has been a great deal of research, in psychology and related disciplines, on human sexuality. This research has high(...)

Derek Quinlan, for chairman of Quinlan Private outside Claridges in London in 2006. Photographer Alan Weller/Bloomberg

Derek Quinlan, one of Ireland’s most prolific property financiers in the boom years, was appearing before the banking inquiry on Thursday. Mr Quinlan,(...)

We already know about four tiny moons that orbit Pluto (top of illustration) and its large moon Charon in a chaotic fashion. They follow roughly circular paths but wobble and tumble erratically as they pass close to the two larger bodies. Illustration: Nasa/SETI Institute via the New York Times

An astrodynamical miracle is happening in the sky above. Our ability to launch a space probe from the revolving Earth to reach a moving target bill(...)

‘The EU has been slow to act in introducing a similar law that specifically protects a worker’s genetic information.’ Photograph: Getty Images

If your job was at risk, would you be willing to reveal your genetic code to your employer? And could the law protect you if you refused? Recently, a (...)