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Barbara Fitzpatrick, the first Irish woman to sail through both the Northeast and Northwest passages, with  Contance Difede on the ‘Northabout’. Photograph: Polar Ocean Challenge

An Irish-built yacht which made a record North Pole circumnavigation due to the impact of global warming has berthed in Westport, Co Mayo. The 15-me(...)

Irish boat ‘Northabout’, with a British crew, completed the circumnavigation of the North Pole in seven weeks. Photograph: Polar Ocean Challenge

An Irish-built yacht which took two summers to make the first circumnavigation of the Arctic ice cap by a small boat has completed a similar voyage in(...)

Neelie Kroes pictured  in Dublin Castle in 2013. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

For years, Neelie Kroes traveled Europe as one of the continent’s senior officials, warning big corporations that they couldn’t “run away” from the E(...)

This undated handout picture released on September 1st, 2016 by the University of Wollongong shows team members Vickie Bennett (L), Allen Nutman (C) and Clark Friend examining rocks in Greenland, where 3.7 billion year old stromatolite fossils were found. Photograph: University of Wollongong/Getty Images

Scientists have discovered the oldest physical evidence for life on the planet in the form of fossils in Greenland rocks that formed 3.7bn years ago. (...)

A Greenland shark returning to the deep cold waters of the Uummannaq Fjord in northwestern Greenland. Photograph: Julius Nielsen

If you think living to 100 years is old, think again. A Greenland shark at that age is still a youngster, according to research released on Thursday. (...)

Thousands of people take part in the ‘All Under One Banner’ march for Scottish independence through Glasgow city centre on July 30th, 2016.  Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

A few weeks after the shock of the Brexit vote, the time for stunned silence or hysterical over-reaction is past. Governments – in London, Edinburgh (...)

In the past month, the euro has varied against the pound by 13.2 per cent. The exchange rate is the real hard border. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The first big idea for any all-Ireland Brexit forum to consider has come, predictably, from Scotland. There is agreement across Scottish nationalism(...)

British Prime Minister Tony Blair (L) and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern sign Good Friday Agreement. Photo by Dan Chung REUTERS

When the EU and UK come to negotiate their future relationship, the Government will want to ensure our position is fully understood and our vital inte(...)

Sean O’Donoghue, CEO of the Killybegs Fishermens’ Organisation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Irish fishing fleet will not allow itself be “sold out” by the European Commission if Britain withdraws from the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), i(...)

Changes negotiated by David Cameron span four main areas – greater power for national parliaments, more protection for non-euro zone member states, economic competitiveness and limits on in-work benefits paid to migrants and index-linked child benefit payments. Photograph: Getty Images

In Brussels the mood is one of quiet apprehension in the EU’s institutions as they await the result of the UK’s decision on whether it will stay or le(...)

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