Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly has announced new reforms for early childhood care and education. File photograph: iThinkstock

All staff working with children in pre-school settings will be required to have a level 5 qualification under regulations to be published shortly, Min(...)

Colm O’Reardon (second from left) is a brother of Labour Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin. Photograph: Alan Betson

The former economic adviser to ex-tánaiste Eamon Gilmore is set to take up a senior civil service position in the Department of Health. Colm O’Reardo(...)

Current school and university start times are damaging the learning and health of students, said researchers from the University of Oxford, Harvard Medical School and the University of Nevada. File photograph: Thinkstock/Getty Images

Teenagers aren’t lazy, just exhausted, according to a new study. Current school and university start times are damaging the learning and health of st(...)

A UK study has linked extra screen time with poorer exam results. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Spending more time watching television, using the internet or playing onscreen games is associated with poorer school grades, a UK study has found. B(...)

The flu virus evades treatment because of frequent mutations which render older vaccines obsolete.

Scientists have taken a step closer to developing a single influenza vaccination that can protect against any form of the fast changing and dangerous (...)

The entrance to River Bluff Dental clinic where Walter Palmer, who killed the lion, works. Photograph: Eric Miller/Reuters

Two signs on the door of a nondescript dental office in Bloomington, Minnesota, ask passers-by to mourn the death of Cecil, the lion lured from his s(...)

Mary Mulvihill:  had a ‘wonderful gift’ for making science  accessible. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The late science journalist Mary Mulvihill had a “wonderful gift” for making science amazing and accessible, the fourth annual Robert Boyle Summer Sch(...)

Professor Louise Richardson has been nominated  as Oxford University’s next Vice-Chancellor - a post equivalent to chief executive. Photograph: University of St Andrews

Waterford-born academic Prof Louise Richardson is set to become the first woman to lead the University of Oxford. The university, the oldest in the En(...)

‘If Barack Obama sniffs his own hand after shaking hands with Enda Kenny, the US president may simply be using his olfactory senses to confirm that the man he’s greeting really is the Taoiseach.’ Photograph: Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images

The world’s media smelled a story recently that put a new twist on a simple social interaction between humans. Scientists had discovered that a(...)

Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall leave Westminster Abbey after attending a thanksgiving service on Sunday. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Security checks have been carried out on a fishing village in the west in preparation for visit by British royalty.Gardaí have spent recent weeks chec(...)