Former deputy editor of The Irish Times James “Jim” Downey  at his home in Monkstown, Co Dublin, in October 2009. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

James Downey had journalism and politics in his blood, but last Wednesday he decided he could wait no longer for a government to be formed, mourners a(...)

Séamus Martin at the Smurfit Institute of Genetics in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The world of science is filled with intrigue, excitement and the thrill of discovering things, says Séamus Martin, the recipient of the 2014 RDS Ir(...)

Prof Séamus Martin of TCD’s Smurfit Institute of Genetics: ‘I am delighted to accept this award and must recognise the contribution of those who work alongside me in the lab.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Research into how cells die is helping to reveal the hidden processes involved in the body’s immune system and its inflammatory response. It has al(...)

Prof Séamus Martin was  named  Boyle Medal laureate. The award includes the medal and a cash bursary of €20,000.

A biochemist who leads a research team looking at the process of cell death and inflammation has been awarded the 2014 RDS Irish Times Boyle Medal (...)

There are still six other board positions to fill at RTÉ and these are in the gift of the Minister for Communications, Alex White. Photograph: David Sleator

So, one down – six to go. With the election of newcaster Aengus Mac Grianna as the worker representative on the RTÉ board, the State broadcaster’s boa(...)

Séamus Martin

The Cabinet has approved the appointment of former Irish Times journalist Séamus Martin to the board of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. Martin,(...)

US president Barack Obama pauses at the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial in Washington yesterday. Photograph: Gary Cameron/Reuters.

Russia has handed the US a plan for putting Syria’s chemical weapons under international control ahead of a crunch meeting today between the two co(...)

Independent TD Michael Lowry today accused the Revenue Commissioners of infringing his rights to have his tax affairs dealt with in a confidential manner. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Independent TD Michael Lowry has accused the Revenue Commissioners of infringing on his rights to have his tax affairs dealt with confidentially, sayi(...)