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The “first dose uptake” of the HPV vaccine increased to an estimated 61.7 per cent in 2017-2018 from 55.8 per cent in 2016-2017. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

A targeted social media campaign has been cited as one of the reasons why Ireland managed to turn around a sharp drop in the number of teenage girls r(...)

For all its self-awareness, mad gags and sometimes impenetrable idiosyncrasies, ’The Rehearsal’ is one of the most faithful representations of ‘Hamlet’ you could hope to find

The Rehearsal, Playing The Dane Abbey Theatre, Dublin. May 23rd-26th, 7.30pm (Sat mat 2pm) abbeytheatre.ie “A problem, you solve,” says Sister Gertr(...)

The European Commission says Ireland has made limited progress in reducing carbon emissions in agriculture, road transport and the residential sector. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Ireland will face substantial fines for missing European carbon reduction targets by 2020 but the penalties will not be as high as the €600 million so(...)

‘Loneliness is a problem which faces too many of our people, and in particular older people,’ said Minister of State Sean Kyne. Photograph: Alan Betson

Loneliness was as bad for a person’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It meant sufferers were more likely to suffer dementia, heart disease and (...)

An undated file photo of a shadowy shape that some people believed to be  the Loch Ness monster. Photograph:   AP Photo

A global team of scientists plans to scour the icy depths of Loch Ness next month using environmental DNA (eDNA) in an experiment that may disover whe(...)

“As well as the medical challenges these people will face, the costs to countries’ health systems will be enormous.”

Almost a quarter of the world’s population will be obese by 2045, according to a new study. If current trends continue, 22.4 per cent of people globa(...)

London barriers decorated with a royal family version of the Top Trumps card game. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry on Saturday in Windsor Castle. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

The transatlantic soap opera surrounding Meghan Markle’s family has added a touch of drama to a royal wedding that has failed to excite most of the Br(...)

The Butter Market Exchange in Cork, with the Firkin Crane premises on left, circa 1900. Photograph: National Library of Ireland/Lawrence Collection

Long before and after the Famine, butter was a key ingredient in the economic life of Munster. Under the shadow of the iconic steeple of St Anne’s Chu(...)

Ryan O’Shaughnessy representing Ireland with ‘Together’ backstage at the 63rd Eurovision at the Altice Arena in Lisbon. Photograph: EPA/Miguel A. Lopes

Welcome to Eurovision 2018, Ireland (RTÉ One, Saturday, 8pm). You’re very lucky to be here. “We’re in with a big chance,” Marty Whelan’s voice told u(...)

Competition for Chinese business is intense among European nations, and Ireland’s achievement is all the more remarkable when you consider the differences in staffing levels compared to some of our EU colleagues. Photograph: Jie Zhao/Corbis via Getty Images

The recent success in securing approval for Irish beef imports into China was accomplished by hard work and astute negotiation by Ireland’s embassy in(...)

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