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Michael Darragh MacAuley: ‘Anyone who knows me as well will tell you that I can be very intense about things and very competitive.’ File photograph: Inpho

Michael Darragh Macauley appears sitting in the sun on a beachside veranda under clear blue skies, wearing a black tank top and grey shorts, looking m(...)

Founder of the Dyson company, designer James Dyson. The company has  cut ties with supplier ATA  following an audit of the Malaysian company’s labour practices. Photograph: Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images

High-tech home appliance maker Dyson has cut ties with supplier ATA IMS Bhd following an audit of the Malaysian company’s labour practices and allegat(...)

With food and fuel shortages growing, the UK government has promised visas for 5,000 HGV drivers and 5,500 poultry workers, but who will want these short-term visas that expire on Christmas Eve? Photograph: iStock

The UK government has blinked. For months, ministers have refused to cede to the meat and transport industries’ pleas for access to migrant workers, t(...)

Outdoor dining on Capel Street, Dublin, amid a July heatwave combined with a new  surge in Covid-19 infections. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Another 1,377 cases of Covid-19 have been reported on Saturday by the Department of Health, with 78 persons in hospital and 22 in intensive care. Dr (...)

David Roberts, a creative design lecturer at IT Sligo, has helped devise a ventilator using very basic components.

A team of Irish researchers have created a ventilator using plywood, and used parts from cars and personal computers, which they say can be made anywh(...)

The fire at the Hashem Foods factory in Rupgonj, Bangladesh. Photograph: Monirul Alam/EPA

At least 52 people were killed and 20 injured after a massive fire raged through a juice-making factory in Bangladesh, officials said on Friday, the (...)

Tourists walk through a square past restaurants and cafes in Lagos, Portugal, last Sunday. Photograph:   Jose Sarmento Matos/Bloomberg

The UK has to be “tough” on international travel rules to protect the progress of lockdown easing, health secretary Matt Hancock said, following Portu(...)

Members of the Defence Forces await passengers in order to enforce Covid-19 mandatory quarantine measures, at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The Department of Health has defended its decision not to add India to the State’s Covid-19 mandatory hotel quarantine list until early this month. T(...)

Mountaineers, Sherpas and team expedition members  at Everest base camp in early May. Photograph:  Prakash Mathema/AFP via Getty Images

The coronavirus crisis overwhelming India is wreaking havoc in neighbouring Nepal, where surging cases have pushed hospitals to the brink of collapse (...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin receives his AstraZeneca jab from  Brenda Dillon, assistant director of nursing at HSE vaccination centre in Cork City Hall. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision/PA Wire

The Health Service Executive expects to vaccinate 250,000-270,000 people this week, the highest number yet in the rollout. An estimated 240,000 peopl(...)

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