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Rosamund Pike in Radioactive

The filmmaker Paulette McDonagh, working with her actor sister Isabel McDonagh and art director third sibling, Phyllis McDonagh, made a series of self(...)

Civility as a civic and political virtue goes a lot deeper than mere politeness and has been in rather short supply for the past three years in the politics of Britain and (with few exceptions) in the politics of Northern Ireland since 1921.  It will be interesting to see if the anti-civility pathogen has spread South with an end to the extended Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael handfasting and in the current general election campaign. Photograph: PA

‘Civility costs nothing and is easily carried’, my father used to say. He was talking about ordinary politeness in everyday life, at work, in company (...)

We sit into a long sledge and the pack of 12 fluffy, excited dogs, yapping and jumping around, suddenly stand to attention and take off.

There are more reindeer than people in Lapland – or so they say. This beautiful, snowy region at the northernmost tip of Finland is home to roughly 20(...)

JetBlue Airways produces some 8 million metric tons of carbon-dioxide emissions each year and says it is working on a plan to compensate for international flights. Photograph: Matthew Hinton/AFP via Getty Images

JetBlue Airways said it will become the first large US airline to offset emissions from all of its domestic flights, aiming to become carbon neutral b(...)

Saoirse Ronan at the Little Women premiere in Paris last week. Foreground photograph: Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty


Estonia apologised to Finland on Monday after Estonia’s interior minister mocked Finland’s new prime minister – the world’s youngest-serving government leader – as ‘a sales girl’ and questioned her ability to run the Nordic country. Photograph: Francisco Seco/AP Photo

Estonia apologised to Finland on Monday after Estonia’s interior minister mocked Finland’s new prime minister – the world’s youngest-serving governmen(...)

 Finland’s new prime minister  Sanna Marin. “I want to build a society where every child can become anything and every person can live and grow in dignity.”   Photograph: Kimmo Brandt/EPA

The ascent of Finland’s Sanna Marin to become the world’s youngest prime minister may be a victory for youth and vigour, but what Finns really want f(...)

Political froth. Pub owner Greene King gets into the electoral spirit in Westminster. Photograph: Jane Russell/wpragency/PA Wire

Image of the week: Foam party This unholy pint assembly from the Two Chairmen pub in Westminster is a decent effort at a publicity stunt by long-esta(...)

In a joint operation with Spanish police, Gardaí from the National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) arrested a man and a woman, aged 45 and 22, in north Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Garda Facebook

Gardaí say they have uncovered a sophisticated organised crime operation involving the forgery and sale of travel documents which are used by large nu(...)

At NUI Galway, Laoise McNamara received funding for the study of Bone disease; and Dimitrios Zeugolis for research on cellular tissue.

Irish universities have secured six out of just over 300 lucrative European research grants which are awarded to the continent’s top scientists and sc(...)

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