“Jihad is an egalitarian, equal-opportunity employer: fraternal, fast-breaking, glorious, cool – and persuasive” REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (Gaza)

It’s “the first of the storm”, says Islamic State. And little wonder. For the chaotic scenes on the streets of Paris and the fearful reaction those at(...)

 Thomas Flynn, Moatview Avenue, Coolock was jailed for 12 years with three suspended at Clonmel Circuit court as he was one of seven men who broke into the home of Mark and Emma Corcoran at Burnchurch, near Killenaul in November 2013. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

The harrowing testimony of the Corcoran family about their ordeal at the hands of a gang of seven Dublin criminals has given fresh impetus to the long(...)

Irish consumers still feel “somewhat remote” from reports of a strong domestic recovery, according to the latest KBC Bank Ireland/ESRI consumer sentim(...)

Matthias Müller: uncontroversial choice to take over as chief executive. Photograph: Alexander Koerner/Getty Images

Volkswagen’s new chief executive, Matthias Müller, has vowed to win back trust after an emissions scandal that has rocked the car group and seen its m(...)

I am such an effective covert procrastinator it can take me a while to figure out I’m even doing it. I suddenly notice I’m reading a third article (...)

Mcity: the Ann Arbor site has 40 building facades, angled junctions, a roundabout, a bridge, a tunnel, gravel roads and plenty of obstructed views. Photograph: University of Michigan  M City at University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, a purpose-built test town for  driverless vehicles.

A simulated city opened in the US this week, on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, to see if self-driving cars can operate without(...)

A picture of Carolan Crater near the planet Mercury’s north pole, taken by the Messenger satellite while in orbit around the planet. Credit: NASA

A crater on the surface of the planet Mercury has been named in honour of the Irish musician and composer Turlough O’Carolan. The announcement comes l(...)

Trans-USA drive for Delphi’s robot car, but does an emissions sting in the tail lie in wait for autonomous cars?

Automotive systems supplier Delphi is planning a dramatic demonstration of the current state-of-the-art robot car. The company, independent now aft(...)

Chinua Achebe put Nigeria on the literary map with the publication, in 1958, of Things Fall Apart, his seminal novel about African identity and the(...)

Evidence of life on Mars may have been detected by Nasa’s robot ‘Curiosity’. Photograph: Nasa/JPL-Caltech/PA

Methane in the Martian atmosphere and organic chemicals in the red planet’s soil are the latest tantalising findings of Nasa’s Mars Curiosity rover as(...)