The Edward M Kennedy Institute opens on March 30th on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Boston, dedicated to the late US senator Edward Kennedy, pictured here (front) with Al Gore in 2000. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan paid tribute to late US senator Edward Kennedy at a event in Boston last night ahead of today’s official(...)

EU commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Theresa Crotty at yesterday’s launch in Dublin. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

A major new research programme aimed at creating new technologies to enhance the lives of people with autism and intellectual disabilities has been la(...)

US researchers say they have demonstrated a way to “silence” the extra chromosome responsible for Down syndrome.

Down Syndrome Ireland has given a cautious welcome to news that scientists in the US have been able to switch off or “silence” the extra chromosome re(...)

Pope Francis blesses a child with Down syndrome at St Peter’s Square in the Vatican. Photograph: AFP/Getty

A way to “switch off” the genetic defect responsible for Down syndrome has been developed by scientists.The technique has only been tried on laborator(...)

Garrett Plath (left), 20, and Kyle Senechal (centre), 21, both of North Attleborough, protest outside the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home. Photograph: Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters

The body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was the subject of a massive manhunt and died after a gun battle with police(...)