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435-million-year-old fossil starfish: the Crepidosoma doyleii brittlestar measures about 15mm across

A 435-million-year-old fossil discovered in Connemara by an Irish geologist has been confirmed as a new species and the oldest of its type in Ireland.(...)

Firefighters removing trees which fell on a high-speed train near Lamspringe, northern Germany on Thursday. Photograph:  Outswen Pfortner/AFP/Getty Images

Germany has begun a massive clear-up operation after a storm on Thursday killed at least eight people, damaged more than 200 train lines and caused an(...)

A lorry trailer is blown over by the strong winds of the western storm in Kampen, the Netherlands. Photograph: EPA/Ginopress BV

At least five people were killed on Thursday after a powerful storm lashed northwest Europe, damaging property and throwing public transport into chao(...)

House prices in Ireland have now risen nearly 72 per cent since the trough in early 2013. Photograph: iStock

House prices in the State rose at the second-fastest rate in the European Union in the third quarter of 2017, just slightly behind the Czech Republic.(...)

Astrid Gundersen  (3), from Swords, at the Friends of the Earth protest outside the Dáil on Wednesday as the joint Oireachtas environment committee began hearings on the Waste Reduction Bill. Photograph: Alan Betson

There are strong indications that legislation for a mandatory “deposit return scheme” in Ireland for plastic bottles and a ban on single-use plastic m(...)

Stephen Norman: ‘Opel Ireland is not, effectively a subsidiary of Vauxhall Motors, but a subsidiary of the Opel-Vauxhall group in Europe, acting just as any other major country’

Stephen Norman is not a man to be drawn on speculation. Appointed as the new managing director of both Vauxhall Motors in the UK, and Opel’s Irish ope(...)

Ministers will be asked, among other things, to reinforce our message on Brexit, Northern Ireland and the economy. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

More than 30 Ministers, the Attorney General and chairperson of the Dáil and Seanad will travel abroad for St Patrick’s Day. Tánaiste Simon Coveney h(...)

An international study found  the number of involuntary admissions to psychiatric care in Ireland had risen from 46.5 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2013 to 52.6 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2016.

A new international study has criticised Ireland for its lack of reform in the mental health sector despite Vision for Change, which it described as “(...)

More than 2,000 Irish students are currently studying in some of Europe’s premier universities. Photograph: iStock

A few short years ago, thousands of Irish school-leavers were applying for UK-based courses. These numbers have tumbled in more recent times. Higher c(...)

Glovers Alley at the Fitzwilliam Hotel in Dublin: Andy McFadden (right) with executive pastry chef Aoife Noonan and head chef Philip Roe. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘There is no one-year or five-year plan. This is me now. This is mine.” Andy McFadden, who was at one time the youngest chef in London with a Micheli(...)

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