A Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) technician performs an optic inspection on devices used to detect gravitational waves. The twin LIGO detectors are located at Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, in the US. Photograph: Caltech/MIT/LIGO/Reuters

Scientists have for the first time detected gravitational waves passing over the Earth. The waves were caused by the collision of two massive black (...)

Minister of State  Kathleen Lynch. The proposed commission of inquiry is designed to deflect criticism before an election. Photograph: Joe Boland

Back in 2013, I quoted John Byrne, a lecturer in social care practice in Waterford Institute of Technology. He said the most common misconception abo(...)

Freshers Week. One in six students drop out after first year. Photograph: David Sleator.

Should we be concerned about third-level retention rates as highlighted in the recent Higher Education Authority research showing one in six students (...)

William C Campbell. Photograph: CJ Gunther/EPA

The biggest news in Irish science this year was the award of the 2015 Noble Prize in physiology and medicine to Donegal-born scientist William C Camp(...)

Ripped apart: getting two mediators involved – a man and a woman so that there cannot be a claim of gender bias – appears to greatly improve the family mediation process

A new family mediation process has a 95 per cent success rate so far and the encouragement of a judge, but has failed to get approval from the Courts (...)

Conor Rhatigan in Castle & Drury on Castle Market in Dublin 2: “I wanted to create a boutique for me.” Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

When 25-year-old Conor Rhatigan decided to open his own menswear boutique, Castle & Drury, on Castle Market in Dublin 2, he had some experience un(...)

 Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Plans to merge institutes of technology into new technological universities are likely to cost well more than €45 million, new figures show. The mov(...)

7 Eden Park, Glasthule, south Co Dublin has a reserve price €740,000

For its final auction of 2015, 200 residential properties around the country with reserves totalling €28 million will feature at the Allsop auction(...)

 President Michael D Higgins said the anti-austerity street protests in many EU states could be seen as “not just the mechanical result of deplorable levels of unemployment and deteriorating material circumstances”, but also a reflection of a “breakdown of trust between citizens and their institutions”.   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Unaccountable forces removed from democratic control are today in control in the European Union, President Michael D Higgins has declared in one of th(...)

The  Alimentary Adventure inflatable exhibit  explaining the digestive system in Cork City Hall. Photograph:  Michael MacSweeney/Provision

The messy business of how our digestive system works is revealed in a Science Week show by the London Science Museum that offers visitors a step-by-st(...)