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Low wind speeds and temporary power-plant shutdowns have dogged  electricity supplies since the beginning of this year. Photograph: David Sleator

An electricity shortfall forced the Republic to buy emergency power from Britain earlier this month for about €14 million, it has emerged. Eamon Ryan(...)

Sunset at the Giant’s Causeway.

Even without a renowned Unesco World Heritage Site (the Giant’s Causeway) to burnish its tourist credentials, the Antrim coast would still be one of t(...)

Dr Mike Simms holding two dinosaur bones found in Co Antrim. Simms is a curator and palaeontologist at National Museums Northern Ireland.
Ireland’s first dinosaur bones

A new study of fossilised bones reveals that dinosaurs roamed our shores about 200 million years ago. The bones, which were found along Co Antrim’s ea(...)

The Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

InfraStrata has now signed a “conditional contract” to buy the principal assets of Harland & Wolff but needs to raise £6 million (€6.95 million) v(...)

One of Harland & Wolff’s giant gantry cranes looms over workers who had been protesting over the feared closure of the shipyard. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/PressEye

InfraStrata, the new owners of Belfast’s Harland & Wolff, plan to boost the size of the workforce at the shipyard by “several hundred over the nex(...)

Energia Group’s Ian Thom: “We’re looking at a number of sites for offshore. I think most of it is going to be off the east coast.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

“Policy is catching up with what we have been doing as an organisation,” says Energia Group chief executive Ian Thom. He is talking about the €3 billi(...)

Jimmy Hasty receiving  Dundalk FC’s footballer of the year award for 1965

Dock Street, Belfast: a grey, midweek October lunchtime. As the American Bar opens its doors optimistically, a juggernaut zooms by bound for one of th(...)

According to InfraStrata: “Whilst a Brexit ‘No Deal’ generally increases uncertainty, the directors do not believe that it will affect this application”

InfraStrata, the AIM listed company seeking to develop a new natural gas storage facility in Northern Ireland capable of providing more than 25 per ce(...)

Water test used at part of witchcraft trials in the 17th century. Illustration from Ludicium aquae (trial by water), 1613 edition

Society has always feared powerful women. Witches have been a feature of folklore right across the globe, from the troll-whisperers of Scandinavia, to(...)

 President of the Ulster Farmers’ Union Barclay Bell: “If we went out with a very negative message at the moment, farmers would be in despair.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Barclay Bell, who farms 200 acres near Rathfriland in Co Down, received several telephone calls on the Friday morning after the Brexit referendum resu(...)