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Movers and shakers: some of the people to Watch in 2020

The hottest young talent set to make waves in the worlds of politics, fashion, food, sport, activism, art, film and TV, sustainability, entrepreneu(...)

Why do we have such trouble attracting women into roles of positions of authority? Let’s ask Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, due her first baby next year, who currently has no entitlement to maternity leave, why she thinks that might be. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A thousand years ago in May, when I was writing about why I believed it was important for schools to reopen before the summer holidays, I heard from a(...)

Pandemic aside, the year was good to some, and not so good to others Good year: Jacinda Ardern New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ard(...)

The European holly (ilex aquifolium) is one of the 6 per cent of flowering plants that are dioecious and have male and female functions in separate individuals. Photograph: Getty Images/iStock

You find out the hard way that buying a holly sapling for your garden is a game of Christmas Russian roulette. There is a 50 per cent chance of gettin(...)

Caoimhín O’Leary is a sixth year student from Ard Scoil Na Mara in Tramore, Co  Waterford who has won SciFest 2020. Photograph: Patrick Browne

A sixth year student who developed an innovative video analysis measurement system for patients recovering after joint injury or joint surgery has won(...)

“I’ve been avoiding calling you!” the old man goes. “Feared that you and I would get sucked into another one of our famous political contretemps vis-a(...)

Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall: “The Government has been distracted and their focus has been elsewhere.” File photograph: Collins

The Government has been accused of endangering the re-opening of schools due to its “lax” travel policy and a “chaotic” approach to key issues facing (...)

Holly Cairns told The Irish Times that a number of signs have begun to appear at various locations around West Cork, urging anyone who is not local to the area to leave the area and return to their homes. Photograph: Holly Cairns

A west Cork TD has called for calm and urged people not to take the law into their own hands over concerns they might have that visitors are ignoring (...)

Munster’s Andrew Conway in action against Saracens during the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry in April 2019. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Week three of training in isolation and talking to some of the other lads the novelty of having a wattbike and dumbbells at home is beginning to wear (...)

 Newly elected TD’s from left Jennifer Carroll Mac Neill (FG),  Holly Cairns (Soc Dems) and Claire Kerrane (SF) spoke at the National Women’s Council of Ireland ‘Celebrate the Changemakers’ conference in advance of International Women’s Day. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

On her first day in Cork County Council, Holly Cairns watched as a colleague walked around congratulating the newly elected representatives. “He sai(...)

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