Ireland used to have more widespread voluntary folic acid fortification than other European countries and the rate of birth defects fell up to 2008. However, it started rising again in 2009

A growing incidence of severe birth defects among Irish newborns is being linked to a reduction in the amounts of folic acid added by food manufactur(...)

Prof Orla Feely , Vice-President for Research , Innovation and Impact at UCD. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Irish Research Council is facing considerable change given the departure at the end of this month of its chairwoman, Prof Orla Feely. Much greater(...)

Muscular dystrophy only affects young males and is the most common inherited neuro-muscular condition here, affecting one in 3,500 boys

Researchers in Dublin and Bonn have made an important discovery related to muscular dystrophy, a relatively common inherited degenerative disorder.The(...)

Assistant Garda Commissioner Derek Byrne. Mr Byrne said  that cybercrime was one of the biggest emerging problems facing Irish households at the publication of the Crimestoppers annual report. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Cybercrime is one of the biggest emerging problems for Irish households, and people must take appropriate steps to secure their personal information, (...)

‘While Tunisia has been regarded by most observers as the model case of democratic transition in the region, following the turmoil of the 2011 Arab uprisings, it too has experienced significant instability, although not on the scale of its neighbours in the region.’ Tunisians wave banners and their national flag during a demonstration in Midoun, north east of Djerba on March 20th, two days after gunmen attacked the National Bardo Museum. German writting on placard reads: “We don’t want any terrorists in Tunisia.”Photograph: ROBERT MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images

Earlier this week, Tunisia became the latest country to suffer a violent attack at the hands of militants linked to the so-called Islamic State (IS). (...)

Theo Dorgan’s collection was called a “lumunious book” by the judges. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The winner of this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now award is Cork-born poet Theo Dorgan for his collection, Nine Bright Shiners. The presentation of t(...)

Console founder Paul Kelly was presented with  the Labour Party Irish Society community award for 2015 by MP Liz Kendall.

Irish suicide prevention charity Console has received an award in the House of Commons in London for its work with the so-called “forgotten Irish” in (...)

Driving demands plenty of mathematical reasoning. You must constantly gauge closing speeds, accelerations, distances and times. Photograph: Thinkstock

Bragging about mathematical ineptitude is not cool. There is nothing admirable about ignorance and incompetence. Moreover, everyone thinks mathemat(...)

Cathal Ó Dochartaigh, who has died aged 72, was emeritus professor of Celtic at the University of Glasgow. Cathair Niall Ó Dochartaigh, known to frien(...)

A project from Dr Lorraine Brennan of University College Dublin will look at the relationship between diet and health.  Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

Seven scientists based in Ireland have won major grants from the European Research Council, ranging in value from €1.9 million to €2.75 million.A proj(...)