The key to that comeback is leadership, not membership. It was never going to be easy for Micheál Martin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

When Fianna Fáil asked me back in 2012 what defeated parties needed to do to put things right, I came up with a 12-step programme. So, has the party f(...)

A book by Irish author Kevin Barry about former Beatle John Lennon taking a tour around the west coast of Ireland has won a prestigious literary award. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

A book by Irish author Kevin Barry about former Beatle John Lennon taking a tour around the west coast of Ireland has won a prestigious literary award(...)

Work from the series Markings: ox mountain sheep wool, Co Sligo, and branding fluid; by Brigitta Varadi and Noel Ruane

What if we’re wrong about climate change? What has art got to say about it, and how can it help? With COP21, the next conference on the subject, due i(...)

Ulster’s Craig Gilroy leaves the field with concussion and a broken nose. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

At the height of the World Cup, World Rugby’s chief medical officer Martin Raftery has said that the laws of the game, particularly the tackle, may ha(...)

Researchers analysed data on 5.5 million Swedish men and women with adult heights ranging between a diminutive 100 centimetres (3.3 ft) and lofty 225 centimetres (7.4 feet).

Being tall significantly increases the risk of cancer, the biggest study looking into the link has shown. Researchers analysed data on 5.5 million Swe(...)

The Dark Knight Rises film mentioned a place called Sandy Hook. Months later, 20 children and six teachers were shot by a lone gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School

Earlier this year, Italian scientists and data researchers set out to chart how conspiracy theories – the idea that a secret society, politician or(...)

Emergence of new documents have  cast doubt over whether the  remains of Poet WB Yeats are buried in Co Sligo. Photograph: Getty

Students arriving for the Yeats International Summer School in Sligo this weekend will continue to visit the poet’s grave in Drumcliffe, according to (...)

U2 guitarist The Edge (David Evans) with his son, Levi

"Two summers ago, Bono spoke to me about drawings he had made of his father. He asked if they could be used to raise money for the Irish Hospice Fo(...)

Emer O’Toole: ‘Because I see sexuality as a spectrum, defining myself as gay, straight or bisexual is not the way to describe my sexuality.’ Photograph: Meera Paleja

Before “gay” there was “queer”. “Queer” is a word that I grew up knowing as a playground insult, although it was one I detested and never used, sin(...)

Vona Groake

The shortlist for this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now Award has been announced.The award, now in its 10th year, is presented for the best single vol(...)